A Quick Guide to Tea for Afternoon Tea

The Tea

Tea for Afternoon Te

The first thing you need to know are the customary types of teas served during Afternoon Tea in our modern world. 

The second thing you need to know when choosing your teas is have the people’s favourite to hand! Most people prefer their everyday cup of tea!

 Afternoon Tea Served in London

Serving the Tea

Serving the tea properly is super important and an enjoyable aspect of afternoon tea. Here are a few guidelines:

Take careful note of the recommend brewing temperatures of the various teas. Some green teas for example lose the most interesting flavours when made with boiling water.

Run the tap for a minute or so before filling up the kettle and if possible filter the water first. As many teas have delicate flavours any foreign flavours will more than likely have a negative impact.

Be wary of urns as they don’t oxygenate the water for optimal flavour extraction. If you are making many pots of tea, make one pot of tea, fill up the kettle and boil again which will add just enough time in-between teas to serve them. Boiling cold water from scratch takes far longer and is less efficient.

Don’t over brew or let you guests over brew the teas.

Fine tea is best served at 60 degrees so wait a couple of minutes after the brewing process has stopped before serving. At 60 degrees the flavours will be oozing out of the tea and after 15 minutes they will have significantly reduced.

Enough teapots and teacups are super important – don’t forget them!

Serving two teas, a black and a green tea pleases most tastes.


Looking to Learn more about Afternoon Tea? Check our the links below: 

What is afternoon Tea?

Afternoon Tea Group Bookings

Cream Tea - what is it?

High Tea - what is it?

The Afternoon Tea Menu

History of Afternoon Tea