How to Brew Tea

Warm up your mind, body, and soul with a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Learn how to make it right from here. Every culture has different customs and rituals associated with drinking tea.

For example, tea ceremony in Japan has a long history and it is one of the strict practices which often takes many years to master. But you don't have to worry yourself with all those details. In this article, we will provide you with simple techniques on how you can brew a wonderful cup of tea.

A Few Necessary Details

Brewing tea is really quite easy. Here are some instructions for brewing a perfect cup of tea.

First start with cold, great tasting, water. If your tap water does not taste good, then use filtered or bottled water. (I say to use cold water because a typical hot water heater will often add contaminants and reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, which is needed for flavor extraction).

Then bring the desired amount of water to a rolling boil. (Do not boil thewater for a long period of time because this too will deplete the water of oxygen).

Put approximately 2 grams or 1 tsp. of tea leaves per 6-8 oz. of water into a pre-heated pot or cup (pre-heating will allow the tea to steep at the proper temperature).

Then add hot water according the chart below for the type of tea you are brewing. Please note that these are general guidelines. If your tea container has brewing instructions I would follow those as they are probably ideal for that specific tea.

About Water Temperature

The water temperature does not have to be exact. The main thing to remember is to not use boiling water for Green or White teas. They will burn and create bitter flavors.

A good way to guess at the water temperature without a thermometer is to bring the water to a boil, and wait about 30 seconds (for white tea) or 60 seconds (for green tea) before pouring over the leaves.

About Steep Times

The amount of time that the tea steeps will determine it's strength. I enjoy different teas at varying strengths. I would suggest that whenyou buy a new tea, as it is steeping, check the taste every minute with a spoon. This way you can blow on it so you won't burn your tongue!

Let the first cup steep until it's either too strong or you notice bitter elements that are unpleasant. Then take note of when the tea tastes best to you and write it on the package. Besides, who can tell you how you like your tea better than you!

About Iced Tea 

Making iced tea from loose leaf tea is very simple. It is almost exactly the same as brewing hot tea, except that you want to use twice the amount of loose leaf tea for iced tea than you would for hot tea. That means if you make your green tea with 1 tsp / cup of tea, you would make iced tea with 2 tsp / cup of the same tea.Once you have brewed your tea, let it sit out until it cools a little. If you ice or refrigerate it right away, it may become cloudy. This will not affect the taste, but if you are serving it to guests, you want it to look as nice as possible.So to review, for the perfect cup of iced tea:
  1. Measure your loose leaf tea into an infuser. Use twice as much for iced tea than you would for hot tea.
  2. Add your hot/boiling water (depending on what is recommended for brewing that tea)
  3. Brew your tea for the same amount of time recommended for making hot tea.
  4. Remove the loose leaf tea when finished brewing, and let the brewed tea sit until cooled.
  5. Refrigerate until cold, add ice, and serve!

It is that simple! Once the tea has been brewed, you can flavor it to your own taste. You can add lemon, sugar (add sugar when the water is still warm), lemonade, fruit concentrates, anything that you can think of! Experiment to find your perfect iced tea, and when you find it,


General Guidelines

Water Temperature
Steep Time
Green Tea 195 degrees F 3- 5 minutes
White Tea 170 degrees F 3 - 5 minutes
Oolong Tea 205 degrees F 3 - 5 minutes
Black Tea Rolling Boil 212F 5 - 7 minutes
Herbal (tisanes) \Rooibos Rolling Boil212F 5 - 7 minutes