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Our Daily Brew - Tea School

How to brew (steep) the perfect cup of tea.

1. Fill a kettle with cold water - We suggest the water be filtered to remove as much of the harsh chemicals/ and minerals that will adversly affect the flavor of your tea.

2. In your infuser put one heaping tea spoon of loose tea for each cup you wish to brew (this can be adjusted up if you like stornger tea).  Important note - always use more tea to get more flavor not more time steeping. Over steeping tea will make it bitter, and do little to enhance the flavors.

3. Bring the water to boiling. Do not overboil, boiling for extended time removes oxygen from the water.  This will limit both the health benefits of the water and can change the flavor of the tea, as the mineral content of the water will be higher.

4. Pour the water over the tea.... Never add the tea to the water.  This will lead to a cup of tea with little to no flavor.

5. Use the chart below to determine the amount of time to leave the tea steeping.

Pu-erhTea    2-4 minutes    190-205° F water (just short of boiling)
Black Tea & Flavored Black Tea   4-5 minutes    200-212° F water (boiling) 
Darjeeling Tea   3 minutes   200-212° F water (boiling) 
Oolong Tea   3-4 minutes   190-205° F water (just short of boiling)
Jasmine Tea    3-4 minutes   190-200° F water (just short of boiling)
Chinese Green Tea   2-3 minutes   170-180° F water (boil, allow to cool for 1 min)
Yellow Tea   1-2 minutes   170-180° F water (boil, allow to cool for 1 min)
Japanese Green Tea    1-2 minutes   160-170° F water (boil, allow to cool for 2 min) 
White Tea   2-3 minutes   175° F water (boil, allow to cool for 1.5-2 min)
Herbal Tisanes   5 minutes   200-212° F water (boiling) 
Fruit Tisane Blends   5 minutes   200-212° F water (boiling)