Have you ever wondered about steeping tea the right way? Different varieties call for different times and temperatures; there’s an art to perfectly steeping tea.
Delicate teas require lower temperatures and shorter brewing times while heartier teas need higher temperatures and take a little longer to release all of their flavors. Steeping tea too long or too hot can give you a bitter cup of tea instead of a smooth taste. But, on the other hand, steeping tea in water that is too cool or not steeping long enough won’t release all of the tea’s flavor or the health benefits.
What about steeping tea for a second or third cup? This is usually fine with loose leaf teas, but tea in bags have enough flavor for just one cup. Try a second brew with them and you’ll end up with flavored water.
PROPER TEMPS AND TIMES
White Tea – 158-167 degrees for 2-6 minutes
Green Tea – 167-176 degrees for 2-4 minutes
Oolong Tea – 185-206 degrees for 1-3 minutes
Puerhs Tea – 195-212 degrees for 3-5 minutes
Black Tea – 195-212 degrees for 3-5 minutes
Herbal Tea – 212 degrees for 4-8 minutes