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 TeaTemperatureSteep Time
White175-1851-3 Minutes
Chinese Green1853 Minutes
Japanese Green1802-3 Minutes
Black2063-5 Minutes
Darjeeling1853 minutes
Oolong185-2063-5 Minutes
Herbal and Tisane2065-7 Minutes
Raw Pu-Erh195First soak 30 seconds, flush, then steep 3-5 minutes
Half/Full Backed Pu-Erh206First soak 30 seconds, flush, then steep 3-5 minutes

3 thoughts on “Tea Steeping Guide

  1. I am so excited to see a tea shop in Lincoln, I live in Aurora and I will be coming to your shop today….I am a big believer in the healing powers of the green teas, I have been drinking them for many years. I look forward in meeting you and to purchase some of your teas
    Thank you
    Stephany Miller
    God Bless

  2. This is certainly a handy guide! It should also be noted that a good tea leaves to water ratio can help produce a perfectly brewed cup of tea as well. Make sure to add around 2 grams of tea leaves to every 6 to 8 ounces of water for optimal results. As mentioned in the article, add more tea leaves if you wish to brew a stronger cup!

  3. Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

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