Bring more than enough water to a boil in a non-reactive water kettle.
Use good tasting water. The better tasting your water, the better tasting your tea. The best water is filtered or bottled (but not distilled). If using tap water, let it run cold for 10 seconds before using it for tea.
Pre-heat the teapot with boiling water. Cover the teapot with the lid. Let stand until the vessel is warm, pour out the water and proceed immediately to step 4.
Put the tea in an infuser or other infusing device. Start with one heaped teaspoon per cup. The amount of loose tea you use will depend on the type and strength of the tea, as well as your individual taste, so a little experimentation may be necessary.
Add hot water by pouring it over the tea. Use an amount in proportion to the quantity of tea you’ve added (e.g. 6 cups of water for 6 teaspoons of tea). The ideal water temperature varies based on the type of tea being steeped. The more oxidized the tea (e.g. black tea) the hotter the water should be, whereas less oxidized teas (white, green) should be steeped in water that isn’t as hot.
What temperature is best?
For white or green teas, well below boiling (170-185 F or 76-85 C) Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea and 60 seconds for green tea before pouring it over the leaves.
For oolong teas (185-210 F or 85-98 C)
For black teas, full rolling boil (212 F or 100 C) The most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing
pu-erh teas, full rolling boil (212 F or 100 C)
Cover and steep. Different teas require different steeping times. Check the instructions for guidance. If there are no instructions, steep for three minutes, then taste frequently until it’s flavorful but not bitter.
Remove infusing device from the teapot. Tuck the teapot back inside a tea cozy or a warming device to maintain temperature of the tea.
Some teas can be re-infused. Follow your taste buds because it is a personal preference.
You may want to add milk, sugar or honey. If you use milk, add the milk to the cup first, then add the tea. This prevents the hot tea from scalding the milk by heating it up gradually.
Enjoy the experience that warms the heart and soul with a great cup of tea!