Ghograjan Teas’ Crash Course Guide For Steeping and Brewing Black Tea
French press brewing is not as quick as simple kettle brewing and it requires buying an extra accessory, but the process is less daunting than it may first seem. The French press has a reputation for being a fancy way to brew coffee or tea, but it’s not just for show.
Using a French press has its advantages in both taste and functionality. It works best when you want to brew 2-3 cups of tea.
- Ghograjan loose leaf black tea
- Electric or stovetop kettle
- French press—we recommend glass with a plastic handle
- Tea cup or mug
Step 1: Scoop loose leaf tea and drop it into the French press.
The amount of tea leaves you use is a matter of preference, depending on how strong you like your tea and how many cups you wish to brew.
If you wish to fill the French press to the top—typically 24 ounces of water—3 tablespoons a good place to start. This will brew 3 cups of tea strong enough for you to appreciate the richness of a French press brew. If you just want a quick single cup, you can try using 8 ounces of water and 1 tablespoon.
Step 2: Pour your desired amount of water into your kettle
- Bring it to a full boil at 212° F just as you would for kettle brewing
- Allow the tea to steep after plunging
- Let the tea leaves steep in the water for at least 3 minutes for a standard brew
- Steep for 4-5 minutes for stronger brew
Reusing your tea leaves
- Maximize your quantity of tea leaves by pouring more hot water into the French press after your initial brew
- Reusing tea leaves will result in a lighter, more mellow brew—great for the afternoon
Adding spices to increase flavor
- Mix spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg with your loose leaf tea before plunging down
- Because you are typically adding a greater amount of loose leaves than a kettle brew, it is easier to throw in various spices into your brew
- Extra apparatus to clean – not the easiest kitchenware to clean
- Cost of roughly $30 for standard French press or up to $60 for a higher end model
- One added step so takes a moment longer than simple kettle brewing