What is tea?

Tea, technically, refers to the leaves of just one plant, Camellia Sinensis. All true teas come from this plant. Black, green, white, oolong all come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. What makes a tea black vs. green, white or oolong is how it is processed. It is important to note that Camellia Sinensis contains caffeine.

Which teas are caffeine-free?

If you would like to enjoy a caffeine-free cup of tea, you should choose an herbal, fruit, or rooibos tea as they are naturally caffeine free as they do not contain Camellia Sinensis.

How much tea should I use?

The amount of tea used varies on the tea type as well as your preference in flavor. The amount of tea used is based on the standard teacup (emphasis on teacup) size of 6 oz. If your cup is larger than 6 oz you must use more tea to get a full strength cup. For example an 8 oz cup of black tea, one might use 1 and 1/3 teaspoons of tea instead of 1 teaspoon.

Tea Variety
Amount of Tea (tsp.)  Steep Time
Black Tea
1 2-3 min.
Green Tea
1 2 min.
White Tea
1.5 4-5 min.
Oolong Tea
1 3 min.
Pu-erh Tea
1 2-3 min.
Maté
1.5 5-6 min.
Rooibos
1.5 4-6 min.
Herbal
1.5 4-5 min.
Fruit
1.5 4-5 min.

 

Help, my cup of tea is too weak. What do I do?

Review "how much tea should I use?" and ask yourself the following:

Did you use enough tea?

Remember, serving sizes are based on 6 oz of water.

Did you steep for the recommended steep time?

The recommended steep time generally provides a full strength cup of tea. Should you reach the end of the recommended steep time, to add more flavor, add more tea leaves. It is not recommended to steep longer as this will yield a bitter cup of tea. Likewise if the flavor is too bold, either cut back on the amount of tea used or shorten the steep time.