How you brew tea is one of the most important factors in a good cup of tea. Brewing tea the correct way is just as important as the selection of the type of tea that we use for it. Each type of tea has different requirement to brew it, in order to get the most health benefits out of it. For most teas you will need one teaspoon of tea per cup of water. For measurement purposes, use a standard size cup. Some like oolong may need you to add in two teaspoons per cup. Check for the instructions on the packaging before you begin. If you like your tea strong you might want to adjust the amount of leaves you add to the pot as per your taste.
First, find out what temperature suits your tea. Next, figure out the temperature of your water.
- White tea needs a temperature of 158-180 F.
- Green tea require to be at 158-180 F. Scented green ones though need a higher temperature than regular green tea. They should be at 190-212 F.
- Oolong tea requires a temperature of 190-200 F.
- Black tea needs to be at 190-200 F. Spiced black tea needs to be at a high temperature of 200-212 F.
- Herbal ones need to be at 212 F.
As for the infusion part of the process, this is when you need to allow the tea leaves to unfold completely so that all the favor and nutrients can infuse into the water. You can use tea balls to infuse your tea. They are simple to use and really easy while leaning, but they don't allow enough room for tea leaves to expand completely. You can use an in-cup strainer to brew tea especially when you are making just a single cup of tea. They work better than tea balls and very convenient to use. Some teapots have in-built strainers that make them easy to use. Teapots work best at infusing your tea fully, especially when you are brewing more than one cup of tea.
How long you need to brew your drink depends on the kind of leaves you are using:
- White tea 2 to 4 minutes
- Green tea 2 to 4 minutes
- Oolong tea 3 to 7 minutes (light oolongs should be brewed to a maximum of 5 minutes while dark oolongs require a brewing time of 7 minutes)
- Black 3 to 5 minutes.
- Herbal teas there is no set brewing time. The time depends completely on the kind of herbal tea you are making.