How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

Throwing a tea party? Follow these simple steps for brewing refreshing hot or iced tea for your guests.

Close-up of cup of herbal tea.

Cup Of Tea

If your cup of tea is well, tea, it's easy to make a great-tasting potful. Photo: RDA


Whether sharing a sip with an old friend or making a soothing cuppa for yourself, try these ideas to bring out the best flavor in your tea.

  1. Start with good, fresh tea, stored in an airtight, opaque container.
  2. Tea can pick up other flavors, so be sure you brew in a pot used only for tea.
  3. Pre-warm the pot with hot water that you discard before making the tea.
  4. Brew with spring water instead of tap water for best taste.
  5. Heat cold water just to boiling for black teas, just under boiling for green teas and herbals.
  6. For best results, measure out the right amount of tea.
  7. Steep for the recommended time to get the proper flavor, then pour immediately.
  8. For iced tea, brew double strength, then dilute with ice.

Did You Know?

  • After water, tea is the world’s most popular beverage.
  • A cup of black tea has roughly half the caffeine of brewed coffee. Herbal teas have none.
  • Chinese legend says tea was first brewed by accident in 2737 B.C., when tea plant leaves fell into the emperor’s cup of boiling water.
  • Each year, Americans drink more than 2.2 billion gallons of tea, most of it iced.
  • The tea cozy, a padded cover that keeps a teapot’s contents hot, dates to 1863.

Now that you have the tea basics in the bag, check out some ideas for hosting a charming tea party with family or friends, plus expert tips on how to grow your own herbal teas.

nina 1 March 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Interesting articles,very useful ,i enjoy reading them.


Nancy Emmons 2 January 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Having a tea party, wonderful idea. But, I would like to know how to make a tea cozy.


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