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The Art of Tea Infusion

Tea lovers enjoy the many flavours of tea and benefit from the differing properties that each type has to offer for their health and wellbeing. The knowledge of how to best infuse your tea will ensure you reap the most benefit and create the optimal sensory experience. Nobody likes a bitter cup!

Water temperature and infusion time are important to consider when brewing tea. Most teas do ok on boiling water but the finer teas are better under lower temperatures.

Knowing temperature and brewing time will increase the flavours released and allows the beneficial constituents to infuse into the water thus enhancing your tea experience.

 

Below are guidelines for brewing some popular teas: 

 

Green Tea

 Temperature: 75°C to 80°C - be gentle on the green tea, listen for the water rumbling or about to boil but don’t panic if you missed it, let it cool for a minute before brewing.

Steeping Time: Maximum 3 minutes

Resteep: 2 to 3 times

 

Raw Pu-Erh Tea 

Temperature: 80°C - as with green tea, listen for the water rumbling or about to boil.

Steeping Time: Maximum 3 minutes

 

White Tea

Temperature: 75°C to 85°C - water a little warmer than for green tea, look for streams of small bubbles in kettle.

Steeping Time: 6 minutes 

Resteep: 3 to 5 times. White tea is delicate and very light in flavour and can get sweeter with each infusion. 

 

Oolong Tea

Temperature: 90°C - just starting boiling to full rolling.

Steeping Time: can be longer than black teas - 5 to 7 minutes

Resteep: 3 to 6 times. Each infusion will change the nuances in flavours.

 

Dark Pu-Erh Tea

Temperature: 96°C - the hottest temperature the kettle goes

Steeping Time: 3 to 5 minutes 

Resteep: 3 to 10 times. Pu-Erh is famous for its ability to be resteeped more than most tea.

 

Black Tea 

Temperature: 96°C or the hottest temperature the kettle goes. Black Tea is one of the strongest and are brewed in boiling water.

Steeping Time: Maximum 6 minutes

Resteep: Black Tea is not suitable for multiple infusions

 

Herbal teas

Generally most herbal teas, also called Tisanes, can be infused in boiling water for approximately 5 minutes. Don’t worry too much as herbal teas don’t actually contain tea so they are unlikely to become bitter under a long steeping time. The beauty of herbal teas is that the flavour and benefits increases with the amount of time brewed. 

 

Roobois

Temperature: 96°C or the hottest temperature the kettle goes. Just like black tea, Roobois is very robust and can be prepared in fully boiling water.

Steeping time: 5 to 10 minutes. Studies have shown that a long infusion increases the amount of antioxidants and nutrients in your cup.

Resteep: 1 to 3 times

 

Yerba Mate

Temperature: 85°C - streams of small bubbles in kettle.

Time: 3 to 5 minutes

Resteep: 3 to 6 times. Yerba Mate is traditionally restepped many times.

 

Play around with these suggestions to suit your personal taste. However, the most important tip is if you want stronger tea (non-herbal), don't over-brew so that it becomes bitter, but instead add a little more leaves.

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Enjoy:)