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Tea Steeping Guide

The table below should give a general guideline on the time and temperature for steeping your different teas.  It is certainly for the tea purist with those specific temperatures and times, so we’re also including some handy tips for those of you that are a bit more casual:

First, the secret to a strong cup of tea is more TEA, not more TIME.  Letting tea steep longer than the maximum time is a recipe for a bitter and unsatisfactory tea experience!  Herbal and Tisanes, with no actual tea leaves, can generally can be steeped for as long as you want for stronger flavor.

A small string of bubbles from the bottom of the kettle is in the 180-190 degree range. A full rolling boil is in the 195-206 degree temperature range.

For naturally decaffeinated tea, pre-steep your tea for 30 seconds, flush, and the steep as normal.  Caffeine will dissolve in the first steep, and it is nearly as decaffeinated as those chemically processed decaffeinated teas!

Type of Tea Temperature Steep Time
White 175-185 1-3 Minutes
Chinese Green 185 3 Minutes
Japanese Green 180 2-3 Minutes
Black 206 3-5 Minutes
Darjeeling 185 3 minutes
Oolong 185-206 3-5 Minutes
Herbal and Tisane 206 5-7 Minutes
Raw Pu-Erh 195 First soak 30 seconds, flush, then steep 3-5 minutes
Half/Full Backed Pu-Erh 206 First soak 30 seconds, flush, then steep 3-5 minutes
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