How do I get the temperature indicated on the label?
White tea: Turn off kettle a couple min before boil
Green tea: Turn off kettle when steam begins to rise from spout
Oolong tea: Boil and let water cool for 2-3 min
Herbal, Black and Puerh tea: Use boiled water
Or, consider using a variable temperature kettle, like this one.
Why can't I use boiling water on all teas?
The higher the oxidation, the more stable the tea. Teas that are oxidized less, or not at all, require lower temperature so that the leaves are not overcooked. This is why minimally-processed green and white teas need lower temperatures.
What is oxidation?
We'll talk about oxidation and tea processing in next month's newsletter!
How important is the steeping time indicated on the label?
This number is a recommended time for the first infusion - your brew will vary based on the volume and temperature of water, size and shape of brewing container, and amount of leaves used.
Following infusions should be steeped for increasing lengths of time to attain the same strength as the first infusion.
'Why are some teas suitable for multiple infusions?
Whole leaf teas need multiple infusions to fully extract the flavour from the leaves.
Broken leaves on the other hand, have already released flavour during processing so are typically only good for one infusion.
'How do I know if I've oversteeped a tea?
Your tea will taste bitter because too many tannins have been released into the water.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions!