How To Properly Brew Tea

Brewing tea might seem like an easy enough task but there are subtle nuances, which if ignored, can produce a mediocre cup of tea full of tanins and other bitter tasting compounds. Such variances might include differences such as the amount of material, temperature of the water, or even the steep time.

Below we are going to discuss the most common forms of tea and how to brew them properly:

White Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 3 to 4 Minutes

Water Temperature: 170 to 180 Fahrenheit

Green Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 1 to 3 Minutes

Water Temperature: 170 to 180 Fahrenheit

Black Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 3 to 5 Minutes

Water Temperature: 190 to 210 Fahrenheit

Oolong Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 3 to 5 Minutes

Water Temperature: 170 to 180 Fahrenheit

Pu'erh Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 3 to 5 Minutes

Water Temperature: 190 to 210 Fahrenheit

Herbal Tea

Quantity: 1 - 2 Teaspoons

Brew Time: 3 to 5 Minutes

Water Temperature: 190 to 210 Fahrenheit

Tips:

  • Many loose-leaf teas are good for a second or third brewing if you would like another cup.
  • When brewing loose-leaf tea it is best to let it diffuse in a container where the leaves can unfurl.
  • As a rule of thumb, 2 grams of tea leaf per cup of tea is usually suitable.
  • Using clean, fresh water is always recommended.
  • For iced tea, double the amount of leaf used for a bolder flavor.