Brewing Hot Tea
Ingredients & Tools
Makes 1 cup hot tea
- Loose Leaf Tea - Your flavor choice.Approx. 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp for every 8 oz of hot water. (See package for suggested portions)
- Tea infuser - basket or paper are best.
- Tea pot or cup.
- Water - bottled or filtered are recommended.
- Heat water to suggested temperature for the type of tea you are brewing (See chart to the right).
- Scoop dry tea leaf into infuser.
- Place infuser in mug or pot.
- Pour hot water into infuser over dry leaves & steep for desired time to achieve desired brew. More time = stronger brew.
- Remove tea infuser from your mug or pot.
- Relax & enjoy!
Things to Remember
- Do not over-steep.
- Remove the tea infuser when tea is finished brewing.
- Don't use too much leaf in proportion to hot water during brewing.
- Teas can often be steeped multiple times, especially Oolongs and Puerhs.
|Black||190° - 200°||3 - 5 min|
|Green||180° - 190°||3 - 4 min|
|Oolong||190° - 200°||2 - 4 min|
|Pu-erh||190° - 212°||3 - 5 min|
|White||180°||4 - 6 min|
|Herbal||212°||3 - 5 min|
- Tea brewing is a function of leaf, temp, and time.
- It takes only 2 grams worth of tea (about the weight of a dime) to make an 8 oz cup. Generally, a mounded teaspoon is plenty, keeping in mind that the bulkier the tea, the bulkier the scoopful needed.
- Teas - especially oolongs - can be steeped multiple times.
- The higher the grade of tea, the more steepings you can expect.