Tea Brewing

Hot Brew Tea

Hot Brew Tea

The below section covers the “best” water temperature for each type of tea.

Black Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-5 mins
Temperature: 190-210 °F

When warming water in a pot, it will have small bubbles (between 4 mm and 8 mm) and a moderate to ​a large amount of steam when it is between 190 °F and 200 °F.

Green Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 1-3 mins
Temperature: 170-180 °F

Most green teas are best when brewed well below boiling temp (212 F), at somewhere between 150 F and 180 F.

Oolong Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-5 mins
Temperature: 190 °F

For Western-style brewing, oolong tea is generally best when brewed between 190 °F to 200 °F.

Herbal Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-5 mins
Temperature: 190-210 °F (Full Boil)

Tisanes (a.k.a. ‘herbal teas’) come from many different plants and their brewing instructions vary widely. Water at a full boil (212 °F) will generally work.

White Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-4 mins
Temperature: 160 °F

Avoid boiling water when brewing white teas. The recommended temperature is 160 °F, which is when tiny bubbles (about 3 mm each) form on the bottom of a pot.

Pu-erh Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-5 mins
Temperature: 190-210 °F (Full Boil)

Brewing most pu-erhs with temperatures around 205 °F is optimal. Keep the temperature close to boiling.

Cold Brew Tea

Cold Brew Element

Read about difference between Cold Brew and Iced tea.

Cold Brew Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 4 hours
Temperature: Cold Water

This is made by brewing Tea in room temperature water for several hours or overnight and then refrigerating. The resulting flavour is smoother and less bitter because Cold Brewing minimises the tannins the tea releases. Tannins are naturally occurring in plants and are normally released by introducing heat in hot brewing teas.

Cold Brewing elevates the amount of Antioxidants, L-Theanine & Vitamin C released in the tea. Cold Brewing draws out gentle caffeine and you can benefit from the energy without spiking adrenaline and elevating heart rate.

Iced Tea

Teaspoons: 1-2

   Brew Time: 3-5 mins
Temperature: 190-210 °F (Full Boil)

Brewing any tea according to instructions above and then cool in the fridge or pour over ice to drink cold. In Iced tea – because it’s been hot brewed – you’ll have a higher level of bitterness and it is recommended to add sugar or serve it with sweets.

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