Brewing a cup of tea seems like a no-brainer proposition on the outset, but as anyone who has suffered through a bitter over-steeped cup can tell you, to do it well requires a pinch of know-how. If you have the packaging for a particular variety of tea reference that first to determine its ideal brew time and temperature, otherwise try our handy reference guide below.
|TEA VARIETY||BREW TIME AND TEMPERATURE|
|Black tea (excluding Darjeeling)||205-210°F (just below a boil) for 3-5 minutes; 5 minutes if adding milk and sugar|
|Darjeeling tea||205-210°F (just below a boil) for 2 minutes|
|Green tea||160-175°F (let water come down from a boil for a few minutes before brewing) for 1-2 minutes; 3-4 minutes for Chinese green tea|
|White tea||175-190°F (let water come down from a boil for about a minute before brewing) for 30 seconds-2 minutes|
|Oolong tea||Varies greatly from variety to variety (reference the packaging if possible), but 3 minutes at 205°F (just below a boil) is a good starting point|
|Rooibos/herbal||205°F (just below a boil) for 3-8 minutes|