Coffee & Tea 101 | Guide to Brewing Tea

Tea! Time! Temperature!

Much like our love of coffee experimentation, we love to experiment with tea too! The amount of tea leaves (like the amount of coffee grounds) and the length of the infusion time can be varied to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, we experimented to find out for ourselves that temperature really does effect tea taste. Water that is too hot will bring out the bitter components of tea and water that is too cool decreases the aroma and flavor.

Cilio Porcelain Teapot

How Does Brew Temperature Affect Tea Flavor?

Starting Parameters for Tea Experimentation

  • Green 160-180°F depending on the varietal, Steep time: 2-3 minutes.
  • Oolong 185-195°F Steep time: 3-4 minutes.
  • Black 205-212°F Steep Time: 3-5 minutes.
  • White 175-180°F Steep Time: 2-5 minutes.
  • Pu-erh 210-212°F Steep Time: 2-4 minutes.
  • Herbal 208-212°F Steep Time: 5-10 minutes.
  • Rooibos 208°F Steep Time: 5-7 minutes.

Helpful Tea Tips

  • Consult any included brewing guidelines and just like coffee, start with fresh filtered water.
  • Never re-boil your water, it will make tea taste flat due to less oxygen in the water.
  • Pre-heat your cup and/or tea pot.
  • Some loose teas like oolong can be re-infused and some like herbal teas are one shot wonders.
  • If you don't have a variable temperature kettle to program the correct brew temperature, you can pour from a regular kettle into a glass measuring cup with a pour spout and use a kitchen thermometer.


"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company." ~Author Unknown


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