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Tea School

There’s really nothing easier than making a great cup of tea—if you start with great tea to begin with. Just click a number to start.


SIMPLE DIRECTIONS

Bring filtered water to a boil. Steep black teas and herbal infusions 5 minutes. For green, white and oolong teas, let water cool a bit to 190° and steep 3 minutes.


COMPLICATED DIRECTIONS

We know millions of words have been written about how, exactly, to brew the perfect cup of tea. So, if you do desire to make things more complicated, we suggest you follow the Simple Directions above while doing hard math problems in your head.


RIDICULOUS DIRECTIONS

If you’re truly fanatic about your tea, we recommend following the Complicated Directions above while riding a unicycle around your kitchen.


PERFECT ACCESSORIES

You’ll find a full array of Teamaker-tested and approved accessories here, including variable temperature kettles, one-touch teamakers, Matcha kits, Smith teapots, cups and coasters. Everything you need to become an expert Smith tea maker yourself.

BREWING TIMER

This handy timer is equipped with a gentle steep-alarm to alert you when your tea is ready.

  • 3 Minutes 1
  • 5 Minutes 2
  • Snooze
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  • FUN FACT NO. 02:

    In dog years, this 5-minute timer actually takes 35 minutes to make your tea.

  • To Pass the time

    Sit quietly, eyes closed, and meditate on something pleasant while you practice not peeking at the timer.

  • To Pass the time

    Hold the yoga pose Downward Dog for 3 minutes. Use the 5-minute timer to try standing back up.

  • To Pass the time

    Read a favorite poem. Think about it. Then read it again and see what you missed before.

  • To Pass the time

    Read and underline the steamy parts of War and Peace. Use the leftover time to sort laundry.

  • To Pass the time

    Imagine yourself flying blissfully over the tea gardens of Yunnan. At 4 minutes, look for a safe place to land.

1. Green, White, & Oolong | 2. Black & Herbal Infusions

BREW GUIDES

As George Orwell recounts in his 1946 essay A Nice Cup of Tea, just three years before the birth of tea pioneer Steven Smith, “the best manner of making [tea] is the subject of violent disputes.” Although there are a couple of steps that are generally agreed upon, brewing tea can easily be tailored to individual preference, and many tea drinkers have refined their brew practices to create their own perfect cup. Below are a series of guides on how to make tea in sachet or loose leaf form. Use these to begin forming your personal steeping style, with just a touch of Smith Teamaker finesse.

Hot Teas

Instructional guides for how to brew hot tea, both in loose leaf and sachet form. In our Oolong Brew Guide, you will find information on the art of small pot brewing, or read about how to host a traditional Gong Fu tea ceremony in our Gaiwan Service Guide.

TEA TERMS

Some common (and uncommon) tea terms. Tea, like wine, has its own vocabulary. You may wish to practice using one of these terms each day, until you can blend them easily into the flow of your conversation. Click on a term below to learn more.



A

Aroma

Astringency

B

Balance

Body

Botanicals

Bright

Biscuity

BOP1

Brew

Brisk

C

Character

Chewy

Colory

Common

Cowbell

CTC

D

Dandy

Delicate

Dull

Dust

F

Fannings

Fermentation

Fez-worthy

Flush

First Flush

Flat

Flavory

FOP

FTGFOP1

Fussbudget

G

Grade

I

Intense

Invoice

L

Liquor

M

Manufactured

Metallic

O

OP

Orthodox

Origin

Oxidation

P

Plain

Pluck

R

Rolling

S

Second Flush

Strength

String-Tie

T

TGFOP1

Thickness

Treehouse

V

Varietal

Vegetative

W

Withering

Z

Zither