Brewing the perfect cup of tea

Fill your tea kettle with fresh cold water. You should use filtered water since the quality of your water will
directly affect the taste of your tea. When the water is close to boiling, pour a little into the empty teapot,
swirl around, and tip away. This leaves a hot, clean teapot.

Use one rounded teaspoon for each cup (adjust to taste).  Put measured tea in a tea ball and place the filled
tea ball into the pot. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Do not allow it to boil too long, as it will boil away some
of the oxygen in the water and result in a flat cup of tea. (Green and white tea should be made with water that
has boiled and allowed to cool for about a minute.)

Pour the water onto the tea ball. This saturates the tea allowing the leaves to unfurl. Do not pour the water in
before the tea, this will only result in a poor cup of tea. Use the chart below as a guide:

Pu-erh Tea
Steep for 2-5 minutes in 200-212° F water
Black Tea
Steep for 4-5 minutes in 190-200° F water
Flavored Black Tea
Steep for 4-5 minutes in 190-200° F water
Darjeeling Tea
Steep for 3 minutes in 180-200° F water
Oolong Tea
Steep for 3-4 minutes in 180-200° F water
Green Tea
Steep for 2-3 minutes in 170-180° F water
White Tea      
Steep for 1½-2 minutes in 160-170° F water
Herbal Tisanes
Steep for 5 minutes in 190-200° F water
Fruit Tisane Blends  
Steep for 5-7 minutes in 190-200° F water

If you want a stronger or weaker tea, never change the brewing time, just increase or decrease the amount of tea.
If tea sits too long in the teapot it can over-extract and turn bitter. Some green, oolong and white teas can be
infused multiple times- just add new hot water to the pot and increase the steeping time slightly. Repeat until the
flavor starts to fade.


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