Boiling water – 1 level teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 3 minutes for most black teas. No milk with Darjeeling’s. Honey or sugar recommended with any black teas – although some black teas are best served without milk or sweeteners, with an addition of a slice of lemon. The above applies to flavoured and blended black teas.
What is Chai? Chai is basically black tea with spices. Most people in the North West part of India drink tea with some basic spices, milk and sugar. Traditional masala chai has ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Chai can also be made with lemon grass, fennel, cardamom and black pepper. To make 2 cups of chai: Take 1 cup of water, add two heaped teaspoons of chai tea and bring the mixture to boil. When boiling, add 1 cup of milk and bring the mixture to boil again. Let it simmer and cool a minute. Strain and serve sweet.
Hot water up to 195 degrees, 1 level teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for two minutes, most oolongs can be steeped multiple times. No sugar or milk required.
Hot water up to 185 degrees, 1 level teaspoon per 6-80z cup, increase quantity depending upon the size and weight of tea – steep for 2-3 minutes, most green teas can be steeped multiple times. No sugar or milk. The above applies to flavoured and blended green tea.
Boiling water, 1 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup – Steep for 5 to 7 minutes reduce steeping time for multiple infusions, can be infused up to 4 times depending upon the tea used. No milk or sugar.
Herbs & Herbal Blends: Boiling water, 1-2 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 7 minutes. Milk or sugar is not recommended for any herbs except Rooibos. Since these are not true ‘tea’, there is no caffeine.
Boiling water, 1 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 7 minutes or longer. No milk please. A lot of tisanes /herbal blends have hibiscus in them, hence the milk will curdle. Sugar or honey maybe added. Since these are true ‘tea’, they are naturally caffeine free.