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How long, but more importantly, how HOT, are both critical to getting the best flavor and most use from your teas.

Here’s our guide to steeping Camellia sinensis teas at the right temperature and for the right amount of time, thus yielding fragrant, flavorful tea that’s neither burnt nor too bitter.

Tea

Steeping Time

Water Temperature

White

2-6 min.

158 – 167°F

Green

2-4 min.

167 – 176°F

Oolong (Wulong)

1 min.

185 – 206°F

Pu-erh (Pu’er)

½ – 1 min.

195 – 212°F

Black

3-5 min.

195 – 212°F

Belight Tea

2-3 min.

195 – 212°F

How To Steep Tea

Temperature

Tea_for_HealthFor the hotter steeping temperatures, the easiest way is to bring water to a boil, shut it off, take a deep breath, then begin steeping—that should be nearly perfect temperature. For lower temperatures, test your hot water source, wait longer with recently boiled water, and/or pour it back and forth in multiple vessels to cool it.

Note: For white tea, and to a lesser extent green, keep the temperature lower or you will scald the tea and it will be burnt, bitter, and highly caffeinated.

Time

The longer tea is steeped, the stronger the flavor becomes, even sometimes becoming bitter. So adjust your steeping times according to your taste preferences.

If you plan to steep your tea a second or multiple times, initially opt for a slightly lower temperature or shorter steeping time. On each subsequent steep, increase steep time; water temperature can be pushed to the upper limit, as well

Note: Black tea is not meant to be re-steeped. Pu-erh, by contrast, can be steeped as many as 12 times, or until it runs out of flavor.

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