How To Steep Tea
It is not complicated to steep tea, but it is important to know the basics to get the most out of your tea. Here are a few tips on how to steep tea for the best results:
- Kettle or pan of boiling water
- Teapot or other brewing vessel
- Tea infuser or tea bags
- Measure 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea per 8-12 ounces of water. If using a tea bag, one bag per 8-12oz of water.
- Bring your water to a boil.
- Pour the boiling water into the teapot or other brewing vessel.
- Add in the tea and stir once or twice.
- Allow the tea to steep for the recommended amount of time, usually 2-5 minutes depending on the type of tea.
- Remove the tea leaves if using an infuser, or remove the tea bag.
Tips and Tricks
- Temperature matters! Different tea types require different water temperatures. Green, white, and oolong tea are best steeped at 175-185 F and black tea should be steeped at 195-205 F.
- Less is more. Adding too much tea can make it bitter, so start with a small amount and adjust up as needed.
- Experiment. Try different ratios of tea and water, and different brewing times to find what works for you.
With a little practice, you can get it just right and enjoy the perfect cup of tea.