One of the most important components of brewing tea is water. It is important to use a good source of water, preferably filtered. Equally important is the temperature of the water. Different types of teas require different temperatures to get the best cup of tea. Here is a guide to the perfect water temperatures for brewing tea.
- Black Tea - You want to bring the water to a full rolling boil for black tea. You want to steep black tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Green Tea - This is the most delicate tea to brew. You will get the best cup of tea if you bring the water to 160 degrees and steep for 2 to 4 minutes.
- White Tea - A prized tea, it is a bit more robust than green tea. You will get a great cup of tea if you bring the water to 180 degrees and steep for 4 to 6 minutes.
- Oolong Tea - Bring the water to a 190 degrees and steep this tea for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Rooibos Tea - This tea is very similar to black tea in that you want to bring the water to a full rolling boil and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Keep this guide handy by bookmarking this page. That way it will always be available when you are brewing tea. It is also a good idea to invest in a good tea thermometer to help out.