Hot Brew Vs Cold Brew Tea - Comparing Techniques

Hot Brew Vs Cold Brew Tea - Comparing Techniques

When it comes to brewing methods, hot and cold brewing have become popular choices for extracting the best flavours from teas. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between these two techniques to help you decide which one suits your preferences and needs. 


Hot brewing: traditional and robust

Hot brewing, the conventional method of steeping tea leaves in hot water, has been cherished for centuries. It is known for its ability to release the full spectrum of flavours, aromas, as well as medicinal properties from herbs or tea leaves.

TEMPERATURE - Hot brewing involves using boiling water, typically around 100°C, to steep the leaves. The high temperature facilitates the rapid extraction of flavours and essential oils.

EXTRACTION TIME - The steeping time for hot brewing varies depending on the type of herbal tea. Generally, it ranges from 3 to 5 minutes, allowing the hot water to permeate the leaves and unlock their beneficial compounds.

FLAVOUR PROFILE - Hot brewing tends to produce a more robust and pronounced profile. The high temperature extracts bold flavours and enhances the aromatic qualities of the herbs, creating a satisfying and invigorating cup of tea.


Cold brewing: subtle and refreshing

Cold brewing, on the other hand, offers a unique alternative to hot brewing. It involves steeping tea leaves in cold or room temperature water over an extended period of time and is characterised by a lighter flavour. 

TEMPERATURE - Cold brewing utilises cold or chilled water, typically ranging from 0°C to 20°C. The lower temperature of the water slows down the extraction process and reduces the likelihood of bitterness.

EXTRACTION TIME - Unlike hot brewing, cold brewing requires patience. It involves steeping the tea leaves or herbs for several hours (we recommend 3 at least) or overnight.

FLAVOUR PROFILE - Cold brewing produces a smoother and mellower tea with a naturally sweet profile. The slower extraction process, in fact, does a better job than hot brewing at preserving the delicate flavours of the herbs.


Choosing Your Brewing Method

Now that we've explored the characteristics of hot brewing and cold brewing, the choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the desired experience. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Flavour preference

If you prefer bold and robust flavours with pronounced aromas, hot brewing is likely the better choice. However, if you appreciate a subtler cup of tea with a touch of natural sweetness, cold brewing might be more suitable for you.
  • Time and convenience

Hot brewing offers a quicker extraction process, making it ideal for those with time constraints. Cold brewing requires longer steeping periods, but it offers the convenience of preparing tea in advance and enjoying it whenever you desire.
  • Seasonal considerations

Cold brewing shines during hot summer months, as it makes a refreshing beverage. Whilst hot brewing can provide warmth and comfort during colder seasons.



There really is no right or wrong way to enjoy a cup of tea and perhaps the best part is experimenting with brewing methods to learn more about your favourite tea blend and discovery the many wonderful flavours it can create. 

Cheers to your next cup of tea!

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