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Brew The Perfect Cup of Tea

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing the perfect cup of tea is not difficult. The secret to the perfect cup of tea is simple: Be sure you have a good supply of cold, freshly filtered water on hand. Using tap water to brew tea can produce unpredictable (and not very tasty) results, as tap water can contain minerals and contaminants that will change the taste of your tea.

Choose Your Tea Type

Each type of tea brews best in its own characteristic process. For the very best results, select the type of tea you're going to enjoy, and follow the brewing process for that specific tea type.

Black Tea Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, bring water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one black tea bag or one teaspoon of loose black tea.
  3. Steep to the strength you desire, about two to three minutes for a black tea bag or loose black tea.
  4. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.
  5. Enjoy with milk or lemon, sweetened with honey or sugar.

Green Tea Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, heat water just below a boil.
  2. For best results, your water temperature should be 175F, never boiling. Boiling water will burn green tea and make it bitter.
  3. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one green tea bag or one teaspoon of loose green tea. If the water boiled by accident, let it cool for 60 seconds before adding tea.
  4. Steep to the strength you desire, two to four minutes for a green tea bag, or one minute for loose green tea.
  5. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.
  6. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.

Oolong Tea Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, heat water to a point just before a boil.
  2. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one oolong tea bag or one teaspoon of loose oolong tea.
  3. Steep to the strength you desire, two to three minutes for a oolong tea bag, or three to four minutes for loose oolong tea.
  4. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.
  5. Many tea drinkers enjoy oolong tea without adding extra flavors.

White Tea Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, heat water to a point just below the boiling point.
  2. For best results, your water temperature should be 175F, never boiling. Boiling water will burn white tea and make it bitter.
  3. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one white tea bag or 1½ teaspoons of loose white tea. If the water boiled by accident, let it cool for 30 seconds before adding tea.
  4. Steep for a maximum of two to three minutes for a white tea bag, or one minute for loose white tea.
  5. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.
  6. White tea has a natural sweetness that you may wish to drink without additional sweeteners.

Rooibos (Red Tea) Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, heat water just to a boil.
  2. Allow water to cool for 30 seconds.
  3. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one rooibos tea bag or 1½ teaspoons of loose rooibos tea.
  4. Steep six to eight minutes for a rooibos tea bag, or five to six minutes for loose rooibos tea.
  5. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.

Herbal Tea (Tisane) Preparation

  1. Using fresh cold filtered or bottled water, heat water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add eight ounces of water to a cup, then add one herbal tea bag or 1½ teaspoons of loose herbal tea.
  3. Steep six to eight minutes for a herbal tea bag, or five to six minutes for loose herbal tea.
  4. Remove the tea bag or loose tea from the cup at the end of steep time, to prevent bitter tastes from developing.

Iced Tea and Cold Tea

There are several different approaches to making cold and iced tea. No matter what process you choose, keep in mind that tea becomes cloudy when refrigerated while the water is still warm. You can avoid this cloudiness by adding a small amount of boiling water before refrigerating.

Cold Brewed Tea Preparation

  1. Place four cups of cold filtered water in a pitcher that seals well.
  2. Add six tea bags or six teaspoons of loose tea.
  3. Seal tightly with a lid.
  4. Refrigerate for eight hours.
  5. Remove tea bags or strain out the loose tea leaves with a tea strainer.
  6. Sweeten with sugar or honey and serve over ice.

Brewed Iced Tea Preparation

  1. Bring two cups of cold filtered water to a full boil.
  2. Place four or five tea bags or five teaspoons of loose tea in a pitcher.
  3. Pour boiling water over the tea bags.
  4. Steep for five minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags or strain out the loose tea leaves with a tea strainer.
  6. Add two additional cups of cold filtered water.
  7. Sweeten with sugar or honey and serve over ice.

Sun Brewed Iced Tea Preparation

  1. Place four cups of cold filtered water in a pitcher that seals well.
  2. Add six tea bags or six teaspoons of loose tea.
  3. Cover tightly with a lid.
  4. Place in direct sunlight for two hours (for light strength) to four hours (for more intense strength).
  5. Remove tea bags or strain out the loose tea leaves with a tea strainer.
  6. Sweeten with sugar or honey and serve over ice.