Brew Guide: Loose Leaf Teas

Brewing the perfect cup of tea is much more easy than you think. There is no right or wrong way to brew a cup of tea whereas for coffee, there are specific techniques to make it better. With tea, your palate is the guide for brewing. Here is a simple guide to follow when brewing teas to get you started (keep in mind to alter it based on what tastes best for you):

Water:

The water you use to make tea can affect how it tastes. Spring water is the best water to use but any water that tastes good to you will work for a good cup of tea. Follow our temperature guide below for brewing teas. Keep in mind to always start with cold water rather than warm water from a tap and to not use boiling water for green and black teas because it will “cook” the tea leaves and lesson the flavor.

Temperature:

  1. Herbal/Tisanes: 212F°
  2. White: 176-185F°
  3. Green: 176-185F°
  4. Black: 203F°
  5. Oolong: 203F°
  6. Pu-erh: 212F°

Leaves:

This is a simple guide for how many leaves to use for a certain amount of water but remember that this depends on your personal prefrence. Typically 1-3 teaspoons per 6 ounces of water makes a good cup of tea. These also depend on the type of tea. Teas that are more fluffy could use an extra teaspoon. See the list below for more detail.

  1. Herbal/Tisanes: 1-2 tsps per 6oz
  2. White: 2-3 tsps per 6oz
  3. Green: 1-2 tsps per 6oz
  4. Black: 1-2 tsps per 6oz
  5. Oolong: 2-3 tsps per 6oz
  6. Pu-erh: 1-2 tsps per 6oz

Steep Time:

Steep time is also based on your preference but you never want to steep too long. If you are looking for a stronger tea, do not add to the steep time because it can cause the tea to turn bitter. Instead, add some extra leaves and keep the same steep time. Also, most tea leaves are meant to be steeped more than once. I steep the same leaves 2-3 times. When you are on your second or third steep, steep the leaves a little bit longer. Here is a general guide for steep times:

  1. Herbal/Tisanes: 2-3 min.
  2. White: 3-4 min.
  3. Green: 1-2 min.
  4. Black: 3-5 min.
  5. Oolong: 2-3 min.
  6. Pu-erh: 2-3 min.

 

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