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How Do You Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

May 28,2024 | TeaTsy Team

In the daily process of making tea, we usually boil water first, add tea leaves to steep, wait patiently for a few minutes, and finally enjoy it. Although the steps seem simple, the taste of the tea brewed every time is always slightly different.

Read on, in this article we introduce you to two ways to make tea.

Tea Making Set

Before making tea, you may want to use the following tea making set:

  • Teapot
  • Tea Bag
  • Tea Scoop
  • Cup
  • Electric Tea Kettle
  • Tea Tray or Coasters
  • Tea Strainer or Tea Infuser

How Do You Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

If you want to brew the perfect cup of tea, you need to start with the process of measuring the tea, boiling it, and pouring it into a cup to sip it. Below we will show you how to make the perfect cup of tea using two different brewing methods.

How to Use a Teapot With Loose Tea 

Here's a detailed step-by-step guide on how to brew loose tea using a teapot, as well as the different steeping times required for different types of tea:


Step 1: Preheat the Teapot

Pour the hot water into the teapot, turn the teapot so the teapot is heated evenly, and then discard the water.  Lasts about 1 minute. Doing this will help you maintain the temperature of the water while making the tea.

Step 2: Measure the Tea

Typically, one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup of water is sufficient.  Then pour a spoonful into the pot. This ensures a balanced flavor. For example: To make two cups of tea, you would use three teaspoons of tea. 

Step 3: Boil Water

Brewing different teas requires different temperatures and durations, usually 3-5 minutes. For example, black tea is best brewed with boiling water (about 212°F), while green tea should be steeped at a lower temperature (about 175°F to 185°F).

Step 4: Make Tea

Black Tea: steep for about 3-5 minutes. Black tea has a rich flavor, is durable, and takes a long time to brew.

Pu'er Tea: Brew for about 3-5 minutes. For raw Pu'er, it is recommended that the soaking time be shorter so that it will not be too bitter. For mature Pu'er, soak it longer to extract a rich, mellow flavor.

Green Tea: steep for about 2-3 minutes.  Green tea can become bitter if brewed for too long. Read: How much green tea should I drink?

Oolong Tea: steep for about 3-4 minutes.  Oolong tea tastes vary widely. When brewing, adjust the water temperature and soaking time appropriately to adjust the taste of oolong tea.

White Tea: steep for about 4-5 minutes.  White tea is delicate and can withstand a slightly longer steeping time without becoming too strong.

Herbal Tea: steep for about 5-7 minutes. Herbal teas do not contain actual tea leaves, and they are better suited for longer steepings.

Black Tea: brew for about 3-5 minutes.  Black tea has a strong flavor, and brewing it properly can make the flavor more mellow without being too bitter.  To avoid a bitter taste, it is recommended to soak for a shorter time and then adjust accordingly according to your taste preferences.

Step 5: Pour the Tea and Enjoy

Gently stir the tea leaves in the teapot for about a minute to allow them to mix thoroughly. Then, use a strainer to pour the tea into the cup to prevent tea leaves from getting into the cup.

How to Make Sweet Tea With Tea Bags

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to brew sweet tea using tea bags.

tea bags

If you want to know more about leaf tea vs. tea bags, click here to read more.

Raw Material

  • Water
  • Tea Bags (Black, Green, or Herbal Tea)
  • Sugar
  • Ice Cubes (for Serving)
  • Optional: lemon slices or mint for garnish

Step 1: Boil Water

Fill the electric tea kettle with water and bring to boil.  Typically, about 4 cups of water are needed.

Step 2: Make Tea

Black Tea: Place 4-6 tea bags in a large pitcher.  Then pour boiling water over the tea bag and let steep for about 5 minutes.

Green tea: Generally use 4-6 tea bags. The taste of green tea should be lighter. Pour boiling water into the tea bag and soak it for about 3 minutes. This can prevent the bitter taste.

Herbal Tea: Typically 4-6 tea bags will be used.  Herbal tea does not contain caffeine, such as chrysanthemum tea, mint tea, hibiscus tea, etc. also do not contain caffeine. Under normal circumstances, the steeping time of herbal tea is about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3: Add Sugar

Whether or not you want to add sugar to your hot tea depends on your taste. Generally, we know that when using English tea sets like to add sugar, or milk when making tea.

It is recommended to add sugar when the tea is still hot, as it helps the sugar to dissolve more efficiently. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to suit your personal taste; however, for those brewing a gallon of sweet tea, about 1 cup of sugar is usually sufficient.

Step 4: Cooling and Dilution

Add 4 cups of cool water to the pot, this practice helps to cool the tea quickly so that the sweet tea reaches the proper dilution level. And stir evenly using a spoon.

Step 5: Refrigerate

Place in the refrigerator to cool completely. Usually takes 1-2 hours.

Step 6: Enjoy

Pour the chilled sweet tea into a glass filled with ice.  Garnish with a wedge of lemon or a sprig of mint, if desired.

What Sugar Do you Put in Tea

Adding sweeteners to tea can affect the taste of the tea.  The following are some examples of the taste characteristics of sugar water, which can help you choose the right sugar.

  • White sugar is the most common sweetener, with a light sweet taste and no off flavors.
  • Brown sugar or honey adds a rich sweetness with a slight caramel or floral flavor.
  • Maple syrup is a rich sweetener with a light wood smoky aroma and a nutty flavor. This taste is much more complex than regular sugar and honey, and can make the tea taste like a light caramel flavor.
  • Compared to regular honey, agave nectar is lighter and has a hint of fresh botanical flavor. It is a softer sweetener and does not overpower the original flavor of the tea when added.

Where to Buy Teapot

A good teapot is a must-have for any tea lover, and they can be purchased in many ways. Let’s take a look at the ways through which you can purchase.

Specialty tea and coffee shops often offer high-quality and artisanal merchandise purchasing options.

Department stores offer a range of affordable and attractive merchandise purchasing options.

You can also purchase online through the Teatsy website. We offer a variety of teapot sizes to choose from. For example: “Peony” - Hand-embossed Antique Style Yue Klin Celadon Teapot and “Originless” Handmade Ice- gray Glaze Ceramic Teapot With Side Handle are two of our recommendations that have a large capacity and are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.



To make a good cup of tea, you must pay attention to both tradition and personal taste. Whether you are making a rich cup of black tea or a delicate green tea, the quality of the tea set, sugar selection, and brewing steps will also have an impact on the final taste.