How to Make Tea with Fraser Tea® Bags?
Are you ready to elevate your tea brewing skills? Making a proper cup of tea is not that difficult. However, a few key points will set you up for success as you are learning how to make tea with Fraser Tea® bags.
In this guide, we will review the proper tea temperatures for each type of tea, helpful hints for success, and common pitfalls to avoid when brewing with our non-GMO pyramidal tea sachets .
Bonus in your Cup
We love a good deal just as much as you do. That's why we have increased the amount of organic tea blend in each sachet. We've noticed that many customers enjoy bringing a large tumbler or cup to work or when they're on the go.
With Fraser Tea®, you can make more cups of tea with a single bag or enjoy a larger cup to go. Standard tea bags usually have approximately 1.5 to 2 grams of tea per tea bag. However, Fraser Tea’s premium tea sachets have 3.2 grams of tea per bag.
Many of our customers tell us they have success making 2 cups of tea from a single sachet, depending on the tea blend. So, let’s review the basics on how to make a perfect cup of tea with our easy and convenient Fraser Tea® sachets.
No fancy equipment required.
- Favorite Fraser Tea® Organic Tea Blend
- Teacup of preference.
- Tea kettle or device to heat up water.
How to Brew Tea Bags?
- Heat water to the recommended temperature depending on the type of tea. As we have discussed in our article How to Brew Organic Loose Leaf Tea, brewing temperature is important to bring out the best flavor and nutrients in the tea.
- Open tea sachet packet and place the tea bag in your heat proof cup.
- Carefully, pour the heated water gently over the tea sachet in the cup.
- Steep to your desired flavor preference.
- Once the tea has steeped, remove the tea bag from the cup but don’t throw it away just yet. You may be able to obtain more steeps from the same sachet. In addition, our non-GMO tea bags with the strings and tags are completely compostable.
Steep To Desired Preference
We have performed some initial testing to determine the best brew time “larger filled – 3.2 gram” Fraser Tea bags. It’s important to know taste preferences differ from one person to another and are likely going to be different than yours.
You may like your tea weak, medium, strong, or somewhere in between. In addition, every tea blend has its own unique ingredients, so results can vary. Your personal preference for the strength and flavor of tea can only be determined by you!
Beginner’s Guide: Starting Point for Exploration
- We suggest brewing one Fraser Tea® bag in 12 ounces to 14 ounces of water for the specified temperature and time listed for the specific type of tea. (If you brew the tea bag in less water the tea will be stronger. However, if you brew the tea bag in more water, the tea will be weaker.)
- If you’re brewing a Fraser Tea® sachet in an 8-ounce cup, it will generally require less time to brew than 1 perfect measuring spoon of loose-leaf tea in an 8-ounce cup. This is because there is more tea in the same volume of water. Then, steep again as desired by adding more water. Many of our customers can obtain 2 brews from one tea bag using this method, depending on the tea blend.
- To make cold brew tea or iced tea, we suggest using 2 tea sachets in 12 to 14 ounces of water.
- Please use the recommended tea temperatures and brewing time for each different tea type to get the best results.
Steeping Tea Bags in a Tea Pot
You can make a larger pot of tea to serve more people.
- Add tea bags directly to a tea pot. No infuser or strainer is needed.
- Gently pour the hot water over the tea sachets.
- The water temperature used will depend on the type of tea brewed. See above infographic table for details.
- Depending on the size of the tea pot, the number of tea bags and amount of water needed will depend on your taste preference.
- Place the lid on the tea pot.
- Brew and enjoy!
How to Change the Strength of Tea?
- To make a weaker cup of tea, steep for a shorter period or increase the amount of water.
- If you like your tea stronger, you can make it with less water or steep a little bit longer. However, do not steep too long in hot water as it can cause the tea to be bitter. You can read more about some of the nuances regarding steeping in the article How to Brew Organic Loose Leaf Tea article. Lastly, you can increase the number of tea sachets in a serving.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
We hope these FAQ’s answer some of the basic questions you may have about brewing tea with a tea bag.
How to reduce the temperature of boiled water for tea?
Boiled water (2120 F) is too hot for Fraser Tea Blends. Using boiling water can burn the leaves and make the tea taste bitter.
However, we know life is busy and you forget all about the tea kettle heating up on the stove. If you want to reduce the temperature of boiled water, try these methods.
Please note that the rate that water temperature decreases will depend on the amount of water in the pot or device, the material of the device, temperature of the room and much more.
- Open the lid to the tea pot and leave it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Depending on the size of the pot, amount of water or the temperature needed for the type of tea, the time to cool may need to be increased or decreased.
- Add a little cool water to the hot water.
- Alternatively, carefully pour the hot water from one clean container to another to expedite the cooling process. You must be extra careful not to burn yourself or anyone else standing near you.
Squeeze or No Squeezing?
Inquiring minds always want to know if you should squeeze the tea bag after it is done brewing or not. There are 2 thought processes. You can decide what is best for you.
- Do not squeeze the tea bag if you prefer a smoother tasting tea with less tannins.
- Squeeze the tea sachet if you want a stronger flavored tea with more tannins. Some like to get every drop of goodness but essentially it can make your tea bitter as it breaks the tea leaves.
When to Add Cream and Sugar?
There is no right or wrong method. However, it may be best to wait to add cream or sugar until after you have brewed the tea to your preferred level. This way you know how strong or weak your tea is. You can then adjust the added dairy and sweetener to your taste preference.
If you can get by without cream and sugar, your body will thank you. The action of the healthy polyphenols in tea that help with cardiovascular protection may be reduced with the addition of dairy products, according to a study by Lorenz et al (2007). However, even with a slight reduction in the level of polyphenols, organic tea is a healthy choice with many health benefits.
Are You Ready?
Fraser Tea pyramidal tea sachets are a great option if you are busy and on the go. Now for the big decision. Which organic tea blend do you want to try first?
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