Cold Brew Tea

 

Cold-brewing tea is a new and exciting way of preparing tea. In all teas there are naturally occurring compounds called catechins, these are responsible for the bitter taste in tea. At high water temperatures these compounds are extracted from the leaves and infused in the tea. Cold-brewing your tea with water at room temperature or lower leads a  slow extraction of these catechins. Not only is the resulting tea infusion sweeter, but more aromatic with a smoother mouthfeel.

Cold Brew Tea Setting 1

 

Cold Brew Recipe

 

In general, most teas can be cold-brewed. Try it out with the following recipe to make one liter of tea. If you would like to use this recipe for smaller portions - simply start with 4g of tea per 250 ml of water.

 

Step 1

Measure 10g of tea (3-4 teaspoons) into a P & T Large Cylinder Pot or an alternative brewing pot.

Cold Brewing Step 1

 

Step 2

Add 1L of cold water to the Large Cylinder Pot then place into the refrigerator. We recommend using filtered tap water or bottled still water for your cold brew. This goes in particular for delicate teas, such as greens, whites and floral black teas such as First Flush Darjeelings. This is due to hard water being rich in minerals which can coat the leaf and conceal the more finer aromatic notes of these teas.

Cold Brewing Step 2

 

Step 3

Instead of infusing your cold-brew in the refrigerator, you could infuse the tea at room temperature to reduce the infusion time by a couple of hours. Although the result is a cold-brew full of flavor, it is important to note that the colder the water and longer the extraction time will always lead a more smoother and delicate infusion.

Cold Brewing Step 3

 

Step 4

We recommend the following infusion times for cold-brews prepared with 10g of tea to 1L water.

Cold-brew at room temperature:

  • 15 to 20 minutes are good for most teas

Cold-brew in the refrigerator:

  • Japanese greens: 2 - 4 hours

  • Other greens: 4-6 hours

  • Oolongs: 3-4 hours

  • Black teas: 6-8 hours

  • White teas: 6-8 hours

Once the tea is infused, simply decant into a serving jug and enjoy. The tea leaves can be left inside the Cold-brew if you would like a stronger infusion.

Cold Brewing Step 4

 

Herbal tea cold-brews

Herbals are great for cold-brewing. Before infusing the herbal tea with cold water, we recommend giving the leaves a quick rinse with hot water.

 

Cold-brew add ons

Our Cylinder Pots and our Active Cold Brew Set are great tools to guide you into becoming a cold-brew tea gourmet.

Cold Brew Tea Setting 2