Tea Education

From the four corners of the world, Cornelia Bean brings together some of the finest white, green, pu-erh, oolong, black teas, as well as rooibos, spice, fruit and herbal infusions. The flavour of a good tea is similar to the complexity of a fine wine.  Each tea, even from neighbouring gardens produces a leaf with its own unique qualities and nuances.

Cornelia Bean has over 300 loose teas and tisanes to offer.  When you visit the store you'll see the front counter laden with sniffing jars for each "tea" we carry.  It is our pleasure to guide you through the different groupings and help you find teas that will be most appealing to you. The sniffing jars allow you to use the distinct aroma of each tea as part of your buying decision.


Here are some tips for brewing the perfect cup of tea from loose leaves:

Start with fresh, cold water
It's important to understand that cold water contains more oxygen, and oxygen is a key part of the process of releasing the tea's flavour.  Never use hot tap water.

If possible use filtered water, bottled spring water or sweet well water for the best results. 

Use a Reliable Steeper

Brewer possibilities
+ Handy Brew
Tea life 360 Brewer
Verre Infusion beaker
The Wall Tea cup
Kinto Tea pot
Bee House tea pot 

Measure the Right Amount of Dry Leaves
In general, use one level teaspoon of dry leaves for each 8-ounce cup of water.

Steeping Black Teas and Herbal Teas
Black tea and herbal tea can be infused with boiling water. 

Black Teas can be steeped for anywhere between 2 ½ to 5 minutes, depending on your taste. 

Herbal infusions, including Rooibos and Fruit teas should be steeped a minimum of 5 minutes up to several hours.  

Steeping Green, White and Oolong Tea
Green Tea should be steeped for 2 minutes or less in water temperature of 190 F. 

However, Green, White and Oolong teas are high in antioxidants as well as other wellness properties.  In order to access those properties to the fullest extent a longer steeping time at a lower water temperature is recommended:­      

+ Bring the water to a boil then pour into the tea cup or tea pot­     
+ Let the water cool for up to 2 minutes before adding the tea leaves­     
+ Steep the leaves for 8-10 minutes.

Green and White tea leaves can be re-infused two or three times.  Oolong tea leaves can be re-infused up to 7 or 8 times.

Storing Tea
Air and light are two factors that breakdown the beautiful aroma and freshness of tea leaves. Therefore, ideally, tea should be stored in an airtight container that won't let in light.

Refrigerating or freezing tea is not recommended.

For more, visit this post on our blog!

Iced Tea
We work hard to make a delicious Iced Tea - these are our secrets!    

+ Use 100g for every 1L of water. We like to make a concentrated brew; that way when you add ice, it dilutes to the perfect taste. We do not add any sweetener either.    
+ Bring the water to a boil, add water to tea leaves    
+ Steep the leaves for 8+ hours
+ Strain out tea leaves, and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Some of our favourite iced teas are: Frosted Berries, Tangerine Ginger, Juicy Peach, Raspberry Renegade, and Pink Flamingo

Gather items necessary:
+ Bamboo whisk
Bamboo measuring scoop
2 vessels, one soaking the bamboo whisk before/after, one for the matcha
Ceremonial grade matcha
Gooseneck kettle
Small sifter

1. Soak Whisk to soften bristles and cleanse 
2. sift 1tsp of matcha (approx 2 grams) into whisking bowl
3. Add 3oz of water, (Temperature between 160-180F, this would be a few minutes off the boil) 
4. Whisk Matcha until frothy 
5. Enjoy

Cold Brew Tea
1. Gather items necessary
You will need a vessel, tea and water. We will assume measurements based on a 1000ml vessel

2. Measure 2 to 3 tablespoons of loose leaf tea into the vessel, Green, white, black oolong teas are best-suited for cold-brewing.

3. Add cold or room temperature filtered water.