Introduce your teapot to the temperate climes of the tea realm by preheating the teapot with hot water.
Pour 2 cups of water over 1 tsp. of SILK ROAD premium quality, organic loose tea.
bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 7-10 minutes
bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 1-3 minutes
bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 2-5 minutes
bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 3-5 minutes
bring water to the boil | steep 5-7 minutes
brew with cold or hot, but never in boiling water. Moisten and rinse leaves first with cold water to retain nutrients and enhance flavour.
Two traditional methods of preparation. Koicha (or “thick” tea) has a higher ratio of matcha powder to water. Usucha (or “thin” tea) is made with less matcha. Pre-heat a tea bowl with hot water. Mix 2 tsp. matcha and 1/2 cup hot water for Koicha. Or mix 1/2 tsp. and 1/4 cup hot water for Usucha. Whip tea to a froth with a whisk, and drink immediately.
Visit our RECIPES to learn great tips for making delicious hot & iced teas, tea cocktails & more!
Classic iced tea is a traditional summertime favourite. It’s effortless to make in large quantities, tastes great and is wonderfully thirst quenching. Sweeten with honey or sugar, which should be added while the tea is still hot so that it dissolves completely into the liquid.
Note: when making iced tea, you need to use more tea leaves than when brewing hot tea.
chilled method refrigerate to cool
2 tbsp. loose tea
4 cups hot water
Follow the steeping times for the given tea as outlined above. When the tea has finished steeping, strain into a heatproof jug and refrigerate until cold. Makes 1 litre.
instant method use ice to chill instantly
2 cups hot water
2 cups ice
Follow the steeping times for the given tea as outlined above. When the tea has finished steeping, strain over ice into a heatproof jug to chill instantly. Makes 1 litre.
When using the “instant method,” make sure that you put the ice in a heatproof jug before pouring hot tea over ice. We recommend a stainless steel or plastic jug.
jug method brew directly in a heatproof jug
2 tbsp. loose tea
4 cups hot water
Brew tea easily without a teapot or strainer. Simply place a tea filter containing 2 tbsp. of loose tea in a stainless steel or heatproof jug. Follow the steeping times for the given tea as outlined above. When the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea filter and refrigerate the jug until tea is cold.
Makes 1 litre.
tips for making & serving great iced teas
- most of our teas are yummy when chilled and mixed with equal parts fruit juice
- to make tea smoothies mix cold tea with equal parts gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt
- cold teas make great marinades for fruit salads: try herbal chai, philosopher’s brew, moonlight on the grove, or sublime
- black teas are delicious when mixed with equal parts lemonade or orange juice
- Add a dash of flavoured syrups to teas: vanilla, almond, berry and citrus all work well
- Add frozen fruit or berries to cold tea before serving
- Most teas are delicious with lemon/citrus or mint garnish
- make up pitchers of tea and keep refrigerated so you can later create smoothies and blender drinks quickly and easily
- serve cold teas in interesting glassware: martini glasses, pitchers, wine glasses and decanters, tall slender glassware, champagne flutes and tumblers