For optimum freshness, we recommend you stock up on tea in an amount you can consume within three months. Tea should be stored at room temperature and in an airtight container free of moisture and away from light. We recommend stainless steel or ceramic containers.
Brewing good tea depends on fresh water. Try using bottled, spring water if you are unsure about your source of water. Most teas should be brewed just before the water has come to boil. As a starting point, the general rule of thumb is to use one teaspoon of tea for each 6 oz. of water. See the charts below for quantity and steeping times.
Quantity of Tea to Use
Very fine leaf particles. (Darjeelings)
.5 - 1 tsp
Scented teas. (Earl grey)
.5 - 1 tsp
Broken Orange Pekoe* and small whole leaf grades. (Assam and Ceylon)
Medium whole leaf grades.
Large leaf teas (Oolong and Lapshong Souchang)
* Orange Pekoe is a designation of leaf size, not flavor. Orange Pekoe (OP) consist of larger leaf particles or whole leaves.
White, Green and Fine Darjeelings
Broken Orange Pekoe, Darjeelings and Flavored Teas like Earl Grey
Most whole leaf teas like Assam and Ceylon that are served with milk or lemon
Chinese large leaf teas like Lapshong Souchang and Pu-Erh