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How to prepare your tea ?

Some simple tips to make your infusions.

Quantities recommended: 4gr to 7gr for 15 to 20cl of water, depending on the teas and multiple infusions.
The infusion times are given approximately. Everybody, over time, should adapt them to their own personal taste, feeling, equipment and quantities of water used.

  • Green Pu'Erh cake : 5 to 7gr - very brief infusions (30'', next 1'min' at 1.30'mins'), multiple infusions.

  • Red Pu'Erh : 5 to 7gr, 1' at 2'mins' - multiple infusions.

  • Black tea : 4 to 5gr, 2' at 3' - multiple infusions.

  • Moonlight White tea : 4 to 5gr, 3' or more - multiple infusions.

  • Jasmine pearl tea, green tea : 4 to 5gr, 2 at 3' - multiple infusions.

  • Oolong tea : 4gr, 1', next 1.30' at 3' - multiple infusions.

These infusion times vary according also to tea shape, loose tea leaves, rolled teas, pressed teas, especially for the first brewing. Rolled and compressed teas need a little time to open up in the teapot. In the end, the care brought to your tea and its preparation will be your best guide...



C'est l'après-midi
sous la fenêtre je viens de me réveiller de la sieste
à une tasse de thé
je confie mon sentiment poétique
Lu Yu (1125-1210)

Equipment and teaware

China and glass are neutral materials, so it is possible to use them in the form of teapots, pots, infusers or gaiwans for any type of tea. We recommend either of these if you are to have only one piece of equipment to infuse your tea. Jindezhen porcelain, with its luminous white and subtle bluish tint, tends to be amateurs' first choice. Noble clays of Yi Xing or Jiangshui: the beautiful little teapots used for Gong Fu Cha are made with these clays. They absorb a tiny amount of tea during infusion, which builds up a coating over time and enhances the tea's flavours. Therefore each teapot should only be used for one specific type of tea: green, oolong or fermented.


Water

« L'eau d'une source de montagne est la meilleure, vient ensuite l'eau de la rivière et en dernier lieu l'eau du puit. » (Le classique du thé de LU YU).

The ideal is therefore a soft and very pure water. Each one will adapt depending on their supplies whilst aiming towards this standard. A filtered water is the minimum requirement, not hard and neutral in taste.


Temperature

Green or red Pu'Erh teas need very hot water, 90-95 degrees approx.
Green teas must be infused in slightly cooler water: 80-85 degrees.
White teas, very delicate and fragile, need around 80 degrees water. With this kind of tea, be careful not to « cook » the buds with an overheated water.

Whatever the tea, always let the water rest for a few moments after boiling to "drop" the temperature.


Preparing the infusion

Place the tea leaves in the teapot – not a tea strainer or filter (even paper one). Cover the leaves with hot water, counting to about 15 sec. (again this depends on the type of tea), so that the Pu'Erh can loosen up and the rolled leaves (pearls, wulongs) can unfold. Throw away this first infusion. The tea must always be rinsed. Some connoisseurs even recommend two rinses. Then, infuse the tea for the advised time, and serve. If you are using a big teapot, prepare tea in 25-30cl of water or less if possible.

Whilst you are enjoying your tea, you may infuse the leaves a second time around, adjusting the time to your personal preference. Your tea will hence not brew for too long and your will be able to enjoy it at the right temperature. You may proceed in the same way for the third and fourth infusions (sometimes more, depending on the type of tea, especially green Pu'Erh). These may be on the spur of the moment or left until later. And in the end when your tea will have revealed all its aromas to you, the tea leaves may still be used to fertilize your plants.


Enjoy !