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Nov 14, 2007 05:44 PM

How to make tea ?

I love tea. depending on the mood, green, oolong, orange pekoe, darjeeling. i love trying different types of teas. where can i find directions on how long to brew the different teas and what should the water temps be ? i would like to print something out so i can use like a reference depending on my tea prep. Help please !

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      EXACTLY what i was thinking, TorontoJo!

    2. As a general rule, black teas should be brewed with boiling water, while greens require water that is just short of boiling. At least that's what I've heard.

        1. Honestly, brewing tea is like cooking. There are no hard and fast rules and it's all about personal preference. Some people like their tea thicker others lighter. Granted it makes sense to brew lighter to darker teas at lower to higher temps, I personally don't stick my thermometer in my kettle to make sure it's "just below boiling." I drink lots of different teas too and I always look at color and taste to know if it's just right for me :). You can always add water or steep for a little longer.

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          1. re: ptanu

            thank you i do keep this in mind. always get stumped if i have an expensive tea that i dont want to ruin by boiling. hence the question.

            1. re: ptanu

              I don't know that I agree with this so much. Sure, there is no one thing you absolutely have to do, but there surely are methods that are better than others, and that's no different in tea than in cooking. For example, you mention "just below boiling," which is, as many tea shops/drinkers will tell you, can simply mean that you turn the water off and prep your leaves before adding this slightly cooled, now "just below boiling," water. The worry here is also quite legitimate in that you don't want to burn the tea leaves, much in the same way you don't want to burn the coffee being brewed - that can result in a flavour profile that isn't true to the tea; after all, if you're drinking a white tea and brew it too dark/too long/with too hot of water/whatever, you'll lose all the subtly that in inherent in something like that.

              Now, I'm not advocating pulling out thermometers or any such thing, but it isn't just a matter of doing whatever you want and hoping things turn out right. I mean, when you're spending money on expensive teas, you want the do the ingredients (yes, that means tea leaves & water) justice.

              1. re: SonyBob

                thank you did check it out. its useful info.