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Spice & Tea Merchants Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 130
Saugatuck, MI 49453

How Long do I Steep Tea?

Posted 05/23/2017

It’s true when they say that “timing is everything”. If you want the best cup of tea, it’s important to understand how long the tea should be stepped and at which temperature. Whole leaf teas are unique in that they should be steeped differently than if they were bagged teas. There is a vast variety of loose leaf teas, so it can be tedious to try and remember which temperatures and how long each tea should be steeped at so we’ve created a chart. This chart will ensure perfectly steeped tea every time.

TEA TYPE

WATER TEMP

SIZE: 6-8 OZ

STEEP TIME

White

175-185

1 tbsp

1-3 mins

Green

180-185

1 tsp

3 mins

Black

206

1 tsp

3-5 mins

Darjeeling

185

1 tsp

3 mins

Oolong Rolled or Long Leaf

185-206

1 tsp

3-5 mins

* Pu-erh

195-206

1 tbsp

3-5 mins

 

*First soak for 30 seconds, flush then re-steep. 


Don't forget that Spice and Tea Merchants has one of the largest selections of loose leaf teas, and we have the accessories to steep the perfect cup of tea! Stop into any of our locations to stock up on your favorite teas today!