How to Make a Perfect Pot of Tea
Making tea is easy!
For Black Tea
- Heat water in a kettle on the stove or use an electric kettle. Bring just to a boil. Do not let the water to continue to boil as it will boil off the oxygen and make the tea taste flat. (Microwaving water is not recommended but it will work in a pinch.)
- Place 1 heaping teaspoon of loose tea (for a cup) or 1 heaping tablespoon (for a 6 cup pot) into a tea sock, strainer or infuser. Be careful not to overpack the strainer with tea. The leaves need to expand in order to release their flavor. Pour boiling water over leaves.
- Steep for about 4 minutes and remove tea leaves. Do not let tea oversteep as it will make the tea taste bitter.
- Stir and enjoy!
For Oolong Tea
This depends on the oolong, if it’s a greener oolong, such as a Ti Kwan Yin or Milk Oolong then use 180 ° water and steep for about 3 minutes. If it’s a darker oolong such as a Wuyi or Da Hong Pao, then use 205 ° and steep it for 4 minutes. Oolong teas are better when infused 2-3 times. Experiment and decide which steeping you like the best.
For Green Tea
Use cooler water about 180°F and steep for 3 minutes. If the water is too hot, it will “cook” the leaves and make the tea taste bitter.
For White Tea
There are many opinions on how to steep white tea. We brew ours for 5 minutes and use 180°F water. I say, experiment and see which way you like it best.
For Herbal and Tisanes
These are not true teas but are infused like tea. Use boiling water and steep 7-9 minutes.