Brewing Expertise

The best cup of tea is always up to your own personal preferences however Tetley master blenders have provided you with a few pointers to make it even better to enjoy!


Kettle boil

Tea should be made with only once-boiled water with a low mineral content.

This is because reboiling reduces oxygen levels and affects the taste,
whilst water with a low mineral content allows the tea notes to come through better.

Brewing black tea

Stand by the kettle to ensure you pour as soon as it’s boiled. Black tea tastes best when brewed in water as close to boiling point as possible.

That’s why you’re cuppa may taste different on a plane, because the boiling point is lowered to 90°C due to the reduced pressure environment.

Sydney kettle tea

Brewing green tea

Green teapot

However, if you’re making green tea, allow the kettle to cool for up to two minutes.

This will make sure your tea doesn’t over infuse and develop a bitter taste.

 Green teas are more delicate after all!

Adding milk

When using a tea bag in a cup, always add your milk after the water. Otherwise, the milk will cool the water down and hinder the all important infusion process!

If you’re using a teapot, try adding the milk to the cup first as this will help stop the cup from cracking. 

Milk first or last



Black tea: Brew for 2-3 minutes

Green tea: Brew for 1-2 minutes
Fruit and Herbal infusion: Brew for 3-5 minutes

Do not poke or prod the bag while your tea bag is infusing – be patient and let the process happen naturally!



If you'd like to sweeten your tea, it's best to use white or brown sugar, or honey.

This is more of a guideline though; the perfect brew is down to personal preference. 

Brown white sugar honey


Black tea and teapot

After removing the bag, leave the brew to cool down for around 2-3 minutes.

As the temperature reduces, the flavours will develop for a better quality taste.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your quality cup of Tetley Tea!