How is a Cold Brew different from Icing your Tea or Tisane?
With the Cold Brewing method, there is no use of hot water. The the cold water draws out, or pulls the flavour from the leaf as opposed to hot water (used in traditional steeping) which pushes the flavour from the leaf. Subsequently cold infusion is a much slower, gentle method that typically results in a smooth, more subtle, naturally sweet tasting tea.
We have prepared a list of some of our Teas + Tisanes to share which we prefer Cold Brewed over Hot Steeped + Iced, which we have shared at the end of this article.
To prepare a cold steep you will...
1. Get a clean vessel (glass jar or pitcher, or one of our iced tea steepers) with a lid or cover
2. Place some tea inside (about 1.5x the amount you would use for your hot brew. For most of our teas + tisanes we use the baseline recommendation 2g (1 teaspoon) of tea per 1 cup (250ml) of water. So if you were following these guidelines, for a Cold Brew you would use 3g per cup.
3. Cover the leaves with cold water
4. You may place your sealed vessel in the refrigerator or leave on the counter depending on timing (we suggest between 4 - 10 hours, depending on the type of tea. Less time for whites, greens and wiry/flat oolongs, more for rolled oolongs, puerhs, blacks, and herbal tisanes.)
A great tip for preparing in large quantities sis to make ice cubes with tea. This allows for keeping tea chilled without diluting flavour.
Teas / Tisanes we prefer using this Cold Brewing method:
Alice in Wonderland
West Coast Breakfast
Maple Smoked Green
Carmina the 9th