Brewing Guide

Brewing Guide

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To ensure our infusions and tisanes are enjoyed at their best, care must be taken when brewing and that’s why we’ve come up with our very own guide and matrix.

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Water

Bottled mineral water and standard tap water can be too hard (mineral-rich) depending on the source, which may leave your tea or tisane tasting metallic or harsh. Distilled water is too soft (low in minerals) which will brew into a bland tasting tea or tisane. Spring water is the optimal water for tea or tisanses, but some types are better than others. Spring water for tea or tisanes should be both neutral in pH (around pH7) and in flavour.

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Multiple Infusions

Multiple infusions are less common in Western cultures, but the norm for traditional Chinese and Japanese brewing of green teas, oolong teas, and Pu-erh tea, and to some degree white tea. The exceptional quality of our herbal tisanes allow for multiple infusions, bringing out different flavours during each steep, and each one can become progressively longer.

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Health Brewing: Brewing for Health Benefits

If you'd like to just enjoy a hot cup of herbal infusion, then the standard brewing guidelines work fine. However, depending on what specific compounds you wish to extract from our herbal infusions (be it electrolytes or antioxidants/phytochemicals), different brewing temperatures will apply.

To both extract and preserve the phytochemicals present within the herbs, a lower temperature of brewing and for longer is recommended. Phytochemicals change upon the application of heat and may result in two opposite phenomena: the thermal degradation reducing their concentration, and the matrix softening effect which increases phytochemical extractability resulting in a higher concentration respect to the herb (i.e. enabling the leaching of soluble compounds in water). The final effect of applying heat on phytochemical concentration depends on the structure of the herb matrix and the chemical nature of the specific compound (anthocyanins vs carotenoids).

Different vitamins will be affected to different extents in terms of temperature and the addition of water. As a general rule degradation of vitamins starts to occur when exposed to temperatures of greater than 48 °C. In particular, vitamin C begins to denature at temperatures as low as 30 °C, according to a study in the International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research. The negative effects of heat increase significantly at 60 and even more at 70 °C.

It is important to note that your hot water will be losing heat rapidly and will not remain at the temperature you had brewed at for very long, especially if you are pouring it into a brewing vessel/teapot which is at room temperature. As a rule of thumb, for every minute left, the water decreases in temperature by 10°C. So even if you add water which may be a little too hot, you'll still be extracting some of the phytochemicals, vitamins and compounds as they do not degrade instantaneously.

For grain tisanes and dry berry infusions, a higher temperature is naturally recommended, as more heat over a longer duration is required to penetrate the tougher outer layers.

We've added our recommended variations to the temperatures and brewing times for each of our infusions to be able to balance extraction with degradation of the active compounds, noted as the Health Brewing Guidelines below.

Brewing Instructions

Agnus Castus from Nazani

Agnus Castus

Use 2-3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 70°C for at least 20 minutes.

Red Amaranth from Nazani

Red Amaranth

Use up to 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 minutes.

One portion will give you at least three cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the brew time before.

Health Brewing: 70°C for at least 20 minutes.

Barley from Nazani

Roasted Spring Barley

Use 5g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 - 10 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 80°C for at least 20 minutes.

Chamomile from Nazani

Chamomile

Use 1g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 3 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 5 minutes.

Damask Rose Buds from Nazani

Damask Rose Buds

Use 2g (4 buds) for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Elderflower

Elderflower

Use 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Kykeon™

Kykeon™ (Modern)

Use 5g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 - 10 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 70°C for at least 20 minutes.

Kykeon™ (Traditional) from Nazani

Kykeon™ (Traditional)

Use 5g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 - 10 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 70°C for at least 20 minutes.

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

Use 2g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Lemon Verbena from Nazani

Lemon Verbena

Use 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Linden from Nazani

Linden

Use 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Nazani Tea - Wild Mallow

Mallow

Use 1-2g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes, or until colour stops changing.

One portion will give you one cup.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

 

Nazani Tea Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Use 3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Roasted Spring Oats from Nazani

Roasted Spring Oats

Use 5g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 - 10 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 80°C for at least 20 minutes.

Nazani Tea Olive Leaf

Olive Leaf

Use 5g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 7 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 70°C for at least 20 minutes.

Nazani Tea Safflower

Safflower

Use 2g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes.

One portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

Nazani Tea Violet

Violet

Use 1g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes, or until colour stops changing.

One portion will give you one cup.

Health Brewing: 60-70°C for 10 minutes.

 

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