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Whilst the brewing methods vary from tea to tea and can get quite specific (as you will see on the packaging), we have defined three methods for brewing tea, dependent on your customer, time of year and tea service:

  1. Standard: simple and fast. 
  2. Recommended: If you are a tea enthusiast and prepared to go that extra mile to serve only the best brew, and flavour for your customers. You may choose to heat the water to the specific temperature for each tea as per the packaging. In this case you would need to have a dedicated tea kettle (Brewister have some lovely options). 
  3. Iced Tea: is ideal for the summer periods and we have created a number of recipes that you can have prepared in an Iced Tea Jug

Tips to make a better brew-:

  • Stir the contents in the tin before spooning tea into a teapot as some of the finer, heavier ingredients tend to settle at the bottom.
  • Use filtered and freshly boiled water. Avoid reboiling as this will reduce its oxygen content.
  • Warm the teapot by placing boiled water inside and swirling around and discarding before you brew the tea.
  • Black teas can take milk whilst traditionally herbal and oriental teas are served without milk.

 

Traditional Tea Service Brewing Methods

 

 

teaspoon-teabag

water temperature time

Traditional Tea

(English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chai)

1 220 mls 100° 3-4 minutes

Herbal Teas

(Calming, Digest, Immunity, Detox, Tummy Tone, Ginger Zing, Glow, Nursing, Energy, Chamomile, Peppermint)

1 220 mls 100° 6-7 minutes

Oriental Teas

(Green, Jasmine, Oolong, Buddha's Tears)

1 220 mls 99° 3-4 minutes

Tea Lattes

(Fortify and Spice Dream)

2 300 mls milk of choice 99° 3-4 minutes

 

Recommended Brewing Methods

CHAI Tea Brewed with Milk

(Our preferred method)

Whilst some people like to have a black chai tea served with milk on the side, most love this spiced black tea to be brewed in the traditional way with milk. 

POT OF CHAI: for customers after a fresh brewed pot of chai (sit-down service); add two teaspoons of chai to a 600ml milk jug and submerge in 2cm of boiling water; allow to brew for 3-4 minutes; add cold milk of your choice to the mix and steam to about 75 degrees (a little hotter than you would for a coffee); pour directly into a warm teapot making sure to include the tea leaves and spices, then serve with a side of honey. 

CHAI LATTE: for customers after a chai latte (sit-down service or take away) follow the same method as above but after steaming the mixture- strain into a latte glass or take away cup.

How can you Save Time Brewing your Chai?

Being made from a high grade, full leaf black tea base, our chai tea requires a little bit of TLC to be brewed correctly. We have some tips below you could consider to pre-prepare the chai before you are open for service and run off your feet!

Options include-:

  1. INFUSING WITH HONEY: To make 20 X  250 ml chais, simply place 40 teaspoons of chai into a large, flat container; cover with boiling water; let the mixture steep for 3 minutes; add a generous amount of honey (approximately 20 teaspoons) and this is ready to be prepared using the standard Chai Brewing Method that we recommend (see below).
  2. MAKING A CHAI CONCENTRATE: To make 20 X 250 ml chais, simply place 40 teaspoons of chai into a saucepan; add 1.4 litres of water and bring to the boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes; strain and transfer to bottle; and store ready to prepare your chais. Add slices of fresh ginger when brewing if desired. This concentrate can be steamed with milk in a jug at a ratio of 1 to 3.

DANDYLICIOUS- LSD (Soy Dandy Latte)

Whilst some people enjoy drinking Dandylicious like any other tea with milk on the side, it has so many characteristics that are similar to coffee, so our preferred method is as an LSD (Soy Dandy Latte) that can be prepared just like a coffee through an espresso machine. Using a portafilter from your espresso machine, ensure that the basket is wiped out clean and dry, and give the group head a quick backflush. Pack two teaspoons of Dandylicious into the basket and tamp to flatten, then run a double shot through the portafilter, directly into a latte glass. Steam milk of choice (Bonsoy or Coconut are our favourites!) and pour into the latte glass as you would for a normal latte, then garnish with a light cinnamon dusting.

MAKING A DANDYLICIOUS CONCENTRATE:  An alternative method for brewing Dandylicious is to pre-brew a concentrate- see method below. Then the concentrate can be steamed with milk of choice together in a jug to make an LSD at a ratio of 1:6.

To make 20 X 250mls Dandylicious or LSDs, place 20 teaspoons of Dandylicious into a jug; add 1 litre of boiling water and let it steep for 30 minutes or until it’s cooled to room temperature, making sure you give it an occasional stir. Strain into a glass bottle and store ready for use.

TEA LATTES

Fortify and Spice Dream can be prepared with your choice of milk- Soy, Coconut, Macadamia, Almond or Cow's milk work really well. We recommend placing 2 teaspoons of the powder to the milk jug; adding a little boiling water; stir vigorously and then add cold milk and steam until warm. The sediment can be strained if preferred using our teacup infuser

Iced Tea Brewing Method

During the long, hot summer’s days why not consider adding Iced Teas to the menu? They are a deliciously healthy and profitable beverage option for you and so easy to prepare. You simply need to brew the teas like you would normally, strain and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.

 

What You Need:

  • Iced Tea Jug
  • BBTC tea
  • Water (preferably filtered)

Iced Tea Favourites:

  • Energy
  • Digest
  • Immunity
  • Glow
  • Ginger Zing
  • Tummy Tone
  • Earl Grey
  • Chai

Method:

  • Place 6 teaspoons of BBTC tea into the infuser of the iced tea jug; 
  • Fill with freshly boiled and filtered water;
  • Infuse for 5-7 minutes & strain;
  • Place into refrigerator for 5-6 hours;
  • Serve with ice and a slice of lemon or fresh fruits, berries, mint.

We recommend that you experiment with various fruits, veggies and herbs using them alone or in combination, to see which flavours you like best. And, don’t forget to brew the tea like you normally would and then cool down. This way you will extract the constituents of the herbs (so they have their health benefits) as well as the flavour.

Chai Iced Tea- Chai Iced tea is best prepared using a chai concentrate and adding your choice of milk at a ratio of 1:3.