Tea Brewing Tips


There are three main considerations when brewing tea: tea quantity, water temperature and steeping time. Start by measuring 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup of water (fluffier blends such as white teas and chamomile may require as much as a tablespoon or more, while denser teas such as gunpowder may require less than 1 teaspoon). Next, heat your water to the temperature suggested below. Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Finally, steep your tea for the amount of time shown below. Keep in mind that brewing your tea too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
  • Black/ Pu'erh -- 212° F 3-6 minutes
  • Oolong -- 195° F, 4-7 minutes
  • Green -- 180° F, 1-3 minutes
  • White -- 180° F, 3-6 minutes
  • Herbal/Fruit/Tisanes -- 212° F, 5-7 minutes
  • Rooibos -- 185° F, 4-6 minutes

    Don’t have a thermometer handy to measure your water temperature? Don’t worry! Here’s an easy way to estimate 180° F, 195° F and 212° F.

  • 180° F = bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot
  • 195° F = the first bubbles begin to rise
  • 212° F = full rolling boil
    Black Tea Brewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to a boil. Add tea leaves, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced tea, add one level tablespoon. Pour hot water over leaves and steep 3-6 minutes. Remove or strain tea and enjoy!
    Oolong teas Brewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to just under a boil (185° - 195°). Add tea leaves, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced tea, add one level tablespoon
    White Tea Brewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to just under a boil (180° - 190°). Add tea leaves, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced tea, add one level tablespoon. Pour hot water over leaves and steep 3-6 minutes. Remove or strain tea and enjoy!
    Green Tea Brewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to just under a boil (170° - 180°). Add tea leaves, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced tea, add one level tablespoon. Pour hot water over leaves and steep 1-3 minutes. Remove or strain tea and enjoy!
    herbal tisanes Brewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to a boil. Add herbs, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced herbal infusions, add one level tablespoon. Pour hot water over herbs and steep 5-7 minutes. Remove or strain herbs and enjoy!
    RooibosBrewing Tips
    Start with cold water and bring water to just under a boil (180° - 190°). Add rooibos, one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. For iced rooibos, add one level tablespoon. Pour hot water over rooibos and steep 4-6 minutes. Remove or strain and enjoy! All rooibos are naturally caffeine free.
    Pu- Erh Brewing Tips
    Bring your water to a full boil and remove from heat. Add tea, one level teaspoon per cup. For iced teas add a semi-heaping teaspoon. Allow tea to steep approximately 3 - 5 minutes and remove tealeaves. If you like a strong, pungent cup of tea add a bit more tea, we do not recommend that you steep any longer than 5 to 6 minutes or you will likely have a bitter cup.