5 Easy Steps to Make Assam Tea Properly

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Assam tea is a black tea that’s one of the most well known teas in the world. Whether you like it hot or cold, it’s a great choice for everyday drinking.

Hot Assam tea in teapot

Assam Tea

Assam tea is a bold, robust black tea.

  • There’s caffeine in Assam tea.
  • Named after the place where it is produced, Assam, India, which is the largest tea growing region in the world.
  • The warm, wet climate of the Assam region contributes to the tea’s malty flavor.
  • Assam tea is often in Earl Grey and Chai.

Brewing Guide

BREW IT HOT
TEA:
1.5 teaspoons loose Assam tea (or 1 tea sachet)
WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
5 minutes

BREW IT COLD
TEA:
1.5 teaspoons loose Assam tea (or 1 tea sachet)
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
12 hours

RELATED: Quick & Easy Iced Tea

Conversion Chart

TO MAKEWATERTEA
1 serving1 cup1.5 teaspoons Assam tea or 1 tea sachet
2 servings2 cups1 tablespoon Assam tea or 2 tea sachets
4 servings4 cups
(1 quart)
2 tablespoons Assam tea or 4 tea sachets
8 servings8 cups
(2 quarts)
4 tablespoons Assam tea or 8 tea sachets

My Assam Tea Pick:

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

How do you pronounce Assam?
AH-SAHM.

What does Assam tea taste like?
Assam tea has a rich, bold flavor with a bit of malty sweetness. 

Is there caffeine in Assam tea?
Yes, this tea naturally contains caffeine. In fact, the tea buds in higher quality Assams increase their caffeine content since buds tend to hold more caffeine than tea leaves.

Are there any calories?
No! This tea is completely calorie-free unless you add milk or sugar.

Loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags?
Loose leaf is best if you want high-quality Assam tea. You’ll often find this tea in tea bags but if you can, get tea sachets which are of better quality.

Is Assam tea a real tea?
Yes, Assam tea is a real tea because it comes from the camellia sinensis plant.

What is CTC Assam tea?
CTC means Crush-Tear-Curl (also known as Cut-Tear-Curl) which is a process to make tea leaves into small, hard pellets. It’s a lower-quality loose Assam tea.

Assam Tea Tips

  • Assam tea is perfect for adding milk to since it balances out the astringency and enhances its sweetness. 
  • Assam is a great choice for blending if you like to make your own chai latte.
  • Don’t overbrew by not steeping it for over 5 minutes.

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Assam Tea Ingredients

What You’ll Need

Hot Assam Tea in Glass Mug

How to Make IT HOT Properly

STEP 1: Boil water. 

Since tea is made with just water and tea leaves, use good quality water. Use filtered water instead of tap water if possible.

I recommend using an electric kettle with a temperature setting so you can be more accurate with the water temperature. (Set it to 208°F.)

Boil some extra water to warm up the teapot.

STEP 2: Warm up teapot. 

Pour a little freshly boiled water into the teapot. Swirl it around and then throw the water out.

I always include this step when I’m trying to brew tea properly. If you don’t warm up the teapot, there will be a big temperature drop while brewing the tea.

STEP 3: Put Assam tea into teapot and add hot water.

Use 1.5 teaspoons of Assam tea for every cup of water.

To make the tea stronger add 1/2 teaspoon more tea. Brewing it for longer instead of adding more tea will just make it bitter.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

Don’t brew it for more than 5 minutes.

Make sure to keep the top securely on the teapot to make sure the tea stays hot.

STEP 5: Strain Assam leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Done! You’ve got yourself a great cup of black tea!

To sweeten your tea, add sugar, honey, or date syrup.

Cold Brew Assam Tea

HOW TO MAKE IT ICED

Cold brewing is the best way to make iced tea. Cold brewed Assam tastes so much better than regular iced tea!

STEP 1: Put Assam tea and water in a pitcher or glass container. 

The formula for cold brew is the same as it is for hot tea, so use 1.5 teaspoons of Assam tea for a cup of water.

Into a pitcher, put Assam tea and pour in cold or room temperature filtered water.

Just like with hot tea, filtered water makes for the best tasting cold brewed tea. 

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

STEP 3: Strain Assam tea leaves and pour tea into cup.

Cold brewed tea is already chilled, so you can add ice if you want but it’s not necessary.

Cold brewed Assam tea takes milk and sweeteners well. If you do want to sweeten it, simple syrup is the easiest to incorporate into your iced tea.

Simple syrup is super easy to make at home, just mix equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

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Assam Tea

Assam Tea

Yield: Makes 1 serving

How to make hot & iced Assam tea properly.

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Heat a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
  3. Put Assam tea into teapot and add hot water.
  4. Cover teapot and steep for 3 minutes.
  5. Strain Assam tea leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Notes

To make cold brew iced Assam tea:

  1. Put Assam tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  3. Strain Assam tea leaves and pour tea into a cup.
    Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.


To sweeten your tea:

If you want to sweeten, use simple syrup which dissolves easily into iced tea.

You can make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar or honey and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

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