How to Brew all Types of Tea
At its simplest, brewing tea involves dropping a tea bag into hot water. But, for those who strive for perfection, the process takes a bit more effort.
Some people heat the tea cup before using it, but that step is optional. Simply heat the water and pour it over tea leaves. After it steeps, remove the leaves and add cream or sugar as desired. The most important thing is not to boil the water too much or steep too long for the type of tea you are using.
There are many devices like tea bags, tea balls and infusers that allow the tea leaves to be easily removed before drinking. Infusers and other cups or pots that let loose leaves float freely in the water are best because they give the leaves more surface area.
Tip: When reusing tea leaves, steep for less time but use hotter water than for the first use.
Tip: The most important ingredient is the water, not the tea. Always use filtered water.
The water heat and steeping time depend on the type of tea, according to Plymouth Tea Co.
White tea:Never brew green or white tea at a full boil: this will scald the leaves and the tea will taste bitter. Steep the tea leaves in steaming water that did not quite reach a boil and leave them in for three to five minutes.
Green tea:Never brew green or white tea at a full boil: this will scald the leaves and the tea will taste bitter. Steep the tea leaves in steaming water that did not quite reach a boil and leave them in for about two minutes.
Rooibos tea:Rooibus may be steeped for 10 to 20 minutes in water that has come to a full boil.
Black tea:Black tea should be steeped for three to five minutes in water that has come to a full boil.
Oolong tea:For oolongs, heat the water to a full boil and steep for five to 12 minutes.
Herbal teas:Since herbal tea does not contain tea leaves, it is less delicate and there is more leeway in its preparation. It can be steeped for as long as desired in water that was at a full boil.