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Steeping Your Loose Leaf Tea

Steeping Tea

The conventional technique of preparing tea is to put your loose tea leaves directly into your teapot. Or if you prefer you can use a tea infuser. A tea infuser is a device in which loose, dried tea leaves are placed for steeping or brewing, in a mug or a teapot full of hot water; it is often called a tea ball or tea maker, and sometimes a tea egg.  You then pour your freshly boiled water over the leaves and allow the in liquid to brew for a few minutes. The strength of you tea will be determined not by the time you let the leaves to infuse (steeping) but rather by the amount of tea leaves that you use.

Depending on the type of tea that you are brewing steeping times can be between thirty seconds and ten minutes however if you are brewing green tea you should let it steep for around two or three minutes.

Ideal brewing temperature varies depending on the type of tea you are using. Camellia sinensis inherently contains tannins that can have bitter properties emphasized by both your temperature and your steeping time. These tannins are enhanced by oxidation during the steeping process.

See the Chart below as a guideline for you steeping.

 Type Water Temperature Steep Time Infusions
White Tea 65 to 70 °C (149 to 158 °F) 1–2 minutes 3
Yellow tea 70 to 75 °C (158 to 167 °F) 1–2 minutes 3
Green tea 75 to 80 °C (167 to 176 °F) 1–2 minutes 4–6
Oolong tea 80 to 85 °C (176 to 185 °F) 2–3 minutes 4–6
Black tea 99 °C (210 °F) 2–3 minutes 2–3
Flowering tea 100 °C (212 °F) 2–3 minutes 4–5
Pu’er tea 95 to 100 °C (203 to 212 °F) Limitless Several
Tisanes 99 °C (210 °F) 3–6 minutes Varied

A lot of time you can steep certain type of teas over and over using the same leaves.

I hope this helps for you get the best flavor from your teas while you brew.

By | 2017-02-03T17:43:08+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Tea Tips|0 Comments

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