Oliver Pluff & Company prefers to brew casually and experimentally.
We offer the tea drinker some starting points for brewing an 8 oz cup of hot tea for several different types. Time limits, temperatures, and tea portions are offered for fullest taste and health benefit, and to avoid bitterness that comes with a longer black tea brew.
Sip it while it steeps to decide for yourself when it tastes best.
Green teas are sweeter and brighter in a steaming brew (lower temps, 140-160 degrees), more bitter in a boiling brew (190 degrees+).
Black tea reaches its boldness quickly and only needs about 3-4 minutes in the cup. Irish Breakfast and English Breakfast blends well with milk and sugar.
Oolongs become richer with a brew of around 5 minutes.
African red teas improve to become very smooth and full with a longer, hotter brew (15 minutes+) and continue to release more healthy nutrients with a longer brew.
On average, 1 pound of tea brews 150 cups.
Double the quantity of tea to serve as an iced tea - to allow for ice melt.