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How to Steep the Perfect Cup of Tea

3 Min Read | March 27, 2018

How to steep the perfect cup of tea

In tea preparation, timing and temperature are everything. Falling into a quintet of categories, tea can be generalized as black, green, white, herbal, or oolong, depending on the source and the process through which the leaves were dried, rolled, oxidized and otherwise prepared for consumption. Because of these variations, your role in bringing out the flavor relies on a few key steps: heating the water just so, steeping the tea for a certain amount of time, and choosing accompaniments that will enhance, rather than spoil, the taste.

If you’re wondering how to steep the perfect cup of tea, then cheers: you’ve arrived in just the right spot.

Your role in bringing out the flavor relies on a few key steps: heating the water just so, steeping the tea for a certain amount of time, and choosing accompaniments that will enhance, rather than spoil, the taste.

The perfect cup: A step-by-step guide

Want to make sure your brew isn’t too bitter, too flat, too strong, or too weak? Follow these simple instructions to bring out the nuance in each cup of tea you prepare.

Black Tea Steeping Instructions

For black tea (known in China as red tea):

  1. Heat the water to 208 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water
  3. Pour the heated over the tea and steep for three to five minutes to taste
  4. If adding milk, swirl hot water in your cup and add the milk to a pre-warmed cup; then add the tea

Green Tea Steeping Instructions

  1. Heat water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water to your cup.
  3. Pour the heated over the tea and steep for two to three minutes to taste (if left longer than 3 minutes, bitterness will emerge)
  4. Add sugar or honey for sweetness, if desired Milk (or, alternatively, lemon) is generally reserved for black tea.

White Tea Steeping Instructions

  1. Heat the water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water to your cup
  3. Pour the heated over the tea and steep for two to three minutes to taste (if left longer than 3 minutes, bitterness will emerge)
  4. Add sugar or honey for sweetness, if desired Milk  (or, alternatively, lemon) is generally reserved for black tea.

Herbal Steeping Instructions

  1. Heat the water to 208 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water to your cup
  3. Pour the heated over the tea and steep for five minutes or longer
  4. Add sugar or honey for sweetness, if desired Milk (or, alternatively, lemon) is generally reserved for black tea.

Oolong Steeping Instructions

  1. Heat the water to 208 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add one pyramid or 1 Tbsp of loose tea for 6-8 ounces of water to your cup
  3. Pour the heated over the tea and steep for five minutes or longer

This gorgeous variety is  best enjoyed without accompaniment.

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