How to Brew Tea

Looking for that perfect cup of tea? Follow these directions for how long to steep tea and what temperature you should use to steep your tea. Then sit back and enjoy that perfect cup.

What is the best water to brew tea?

What is the best water to brew tea?

Use fresh water each time you prepare tea. Artesian spring water is preferred over tap water. 

 

Tap water should be avoided due to municipal water treatments which add chlorine and fluoride and can greatly affect the true flavor of your tea. Purified and spring waters differ in mineral content, and therefore must be chosen based on personal taste. 

 

Never use hot tap water to speed up the boiling process. This adds additional impurities from your home's water heater.

How long should I steep tea?

How long should I steep tea?

How long you steep your tea depends on how strong of a tea flavor you prefer. Whole leaf teas take a notably longer time to reach their optimum flavor. 

Our general rule of thumb:

  • For herbal tea and black tea

    4-5+ minutes
  • For white tea and green tea

    3-4 minutes. These can become bitter if over-steeped.

How does the water temperature affect tea?

How does the water temperature affect tea?

If black and herbal teas are not steeped at hot enough temperatures, they can lack the full depth and breadth of flavor.

Meanwhile, for green and white teas, adding water that’s too hot can scald the tea and release an off flavor. 

How do I measure loose leaf tea?

How do I measure loose leaf tea?

To prepare loose leaf tea, use 1 teaspoon of loose tea per large cup (that's how the teaspoon got its name!). Or use a kitchen scale to measure out the perfect cuppa. 

We recommend around 2.5 or 2.7 grams, depending on the type of tea and personal preference.

What tools do I need to brew tea?

What tools do I need to brew tea?

Not sure what teaware you need to brew your perfect cuppa?

This is different for every tea lover but in general we recommend:

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    Scale

    or measuring spoon
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    Kettle

    to heat water
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    Tea Pot

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    Tea Cup

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    Strainer

    for loose leaf tea
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    Timer

More Tea Brewing Tips

  1. When possible, use filtered water as the minerals in water absolutely affect the tea’s flavor.
  2. Many teas, like our Jasmine Petal green tea, can be steeped multiple times. Notice how the flavors change with each “wash” of the tea.
  3. Try steeping Japanese-style greens or white tea at a very low water temperature (140˚F) for a long, long time. This will give a nice gentle flavor with low caffeine release.
  4. Try infusing tea in cool water. Add a sachet or to two a glass jar in your fridge and leave overnight. Or pop one of our Purpose-Filled Teas in your water bottle and start sippin'.
  5. Sensitive to caffeine? Smaller tea leaf, hotter water, and longer steep will all result in higher caffeine extraction. Even decaf teas contain small amounts of caffeine. However, herbal “tisanes” are naturally caffeine-free.