LESSON 105

how to steep tea

HOW TO STEEP TEA 

It's pretty simple to make a nice cuppa. We made some short videos specific to each tea type for you guys - check them out!

Special thank you to Jessica Zeng for creating these beautiful videos! 

 

THE 4 STEP GUIDE TO STEEP TEA

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Water Kettle or Pot to Heat Water
  • Tea leaves/Sachets/Bags
  • Tea Pot with Infuser/Tea Pot with Strainer/Teacup

STEP ONE: HEAT THE WATER

  • Herbal: 212℉ // Hard boil
  • Rooibos: 212℉ // Hard boil
  • Pu-erh: 212℉ // Hard boil
  • Black: 205℉-212℉ // Soft boil
  • Oolong: 185℉-195℉ // Light steam
  • White: 175℉-185℉ // Light steam
  • Green: 175℉ // Faint steam

Pro Tip: Water Temperature: water that's too hot can burn tea leaves and give you a bitter cup! Water Selection: Use filtered water for the best tasting cup!

STEP TWO: MEASURE THE TEA

  • Generally 1 rounded tsp/1 tea bag per 8 oz. (1 cup) of water

Pro Tip: Add tea leaves to an infuser that lets them open fully, or you can put them straight into the teapot and use a strainer when you're pouring a cup!

STEP THREE: STEEP THE TEA

  • Herbal: 5-10 minutes
  • Rooibos: 6-7 minutes
  • Pu-erh:2-5 minutes
  • Black: 3-5 minutes
  • Oolong: 2-4 minutes
  • White: 1-3 minutes
  • Green: 2-3 minutes

Pro Tip: Don't let your tea steep for too long! It's best to take the leaves/sachet/bag out when the time's up so you aren't left with a bitter cup.

STEP FOUR: ENJOY :)

So there you have it! You can enjoy hot tea year round, but if you're looking to cold brew (especially for those toasty summer months), check out our post on how to cold brew any tea here! 

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2 comments

  • Hi Lucy! You’ll have a better tasting cup of tea if you change up how you prepare your water :)

    Staci
  • Thank you, I love all kinds of tea but I jus t boil water and that’s it,LoLi need to respect my leaves

    lucy landin

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