Brew Tea in a French Press
There is nothing better than a homemade cup of tea.
In this guide we are using Jade Rouge oolong, which has a twisted leaf shape. Twisted leaf tea (e.g., Jade Rouge or Oriental Beauty) steeps faster than rolled leaf tea (e.g., Frozen Summit) so the brewing time should be closer to 1 minute instead of 2. With the ratio we provided (6 grams of tea and 8 oz of water), we suggest 3 steepings using the same tea leaves, but feel free to adjust according to your preference. We recommend completing all your steepings within the day.
Weigh out 6 grams of tea.
Use hot water (195, 200, or 212 °F) to rinse your French press. This is the same temperature you will use to brew the tea. Heating the French press to your intended brewing temperature will allow more precise brewing temperature. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.
Pour out the water. Add the loose leaf tea to your French press.
Add water to your tea. Generally, the water should be lower (~195 °F) for twisted tea leaves and higher (~212 °F) for tightly rolled tea leaves. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.
Put the lid back on to the French press. Don't plunge all the way down.
We want to use the French press as a strainer. Not plunging all the way will ensure the tea leaves have a lot of room to expand, therefore releasing the maximum amount of flavor.
When the steeping time is up, pick up the French press and pour the tea into a cup or a mug. Make sure all the liquid is drained from the French press. That way the tea doesn't over-brew and become bitter when you go back for subsequent steepings.
Pour the tea into your cups and enjoy!
Re-steep the tea as many times as you fancy. We recommend three in total for this tea-to-water ratio. To re-steep simply add more water. The second steep's suggested brewing time is the same as the first and the third should be 1-2 minutes longer.
Quick notes on using a French press to brew tea: if you also use it for making coffee, make sure to clean it very well (especially the filter) otherwise your tea may taste like coffee. You could also just use the glass base of a French press and use a separate strainer (a fork would do if you don't have a strainer) to strain the leaves.
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