How to Brew Tea

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Finding the perfect taste experience is part of the craft. These are general guidelines, so feel free to experiment.

  • For an 8oz cup of tea, use one level teaspoon for fine teas. For fuller, fluffier teas, use one rounded, heaping tablespoon.
  • For a stronger cup of tea, you may use more tea leaves, but it is advised that you stick within the recommended steeping times to avoid bitterness from over-steeping.
  • Most teas can be re-steeped multiple times within a few hours of the initial infusion. The science of tea tasting is to do what tastes right. Learn and gauge according to your taste buds. Below is a guideline to get you on the right track. Investing in a level hot water dispenser would be a great tool for your journey into tea.

 

TEA TYPE WATER TEMP STEEP TIME
WHITE 175-185 1-3 MINUTES
CHINESE GREEN 185 3 MINUTES
JAPANESE GREEN 180 2-3 MINUTES
BLACK 206 3-5 MINUTES
DARJEELING 185 3 MINUTES
OOLONG (ROLLED & LONG LEAF) 185-206 3-5 MINUTES
HERBAL INFUSION/TISANE 206 5-7 MINUTES
RAW PU-ERH 195 FIRST SOAK 30 SECONDS THEN FLUSH. STEEP 3-5 MINUTES
HALF BAKED & FULL BAKED PU-ERH 206 FIRST SOAK 30 SECONDS THEN FLUSH. STEEP 3-5 MINUTES

 

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