Use 1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. For fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, and white teas, use 2 teaspoons. For a stronger cup, use more tea.
There are no hard and fast rules on steeping except that over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F.
You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin-sized bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185 F.
To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
and Herbal Teas
|212 F||4-7 minutes|