18 Oct The importance of water temp when brewing tea
Brewing tea may seem simple, but if you’ve ever gotten that bitter or watery flavor, what most of us don’t factor in, is the importance of the temperature of the water we are brewing our blend to achieve that bold flavor. The best way to brew your tea is to follow a simple tea guide we’ve provided below, and from there, adjust accordingly to your personal taste. Below are common teas and their correlating water temperatures we have found useful in brewing our perfect blends.
Green Tea 150-180 °F
Black Tea 180-212 °F
Oolong Tea 190-200 °F
Pu-erh Tea 205-212 °F
Herbal Tea 200 °F
Something to note when heating your water is, it’s actually better to bring water up to (rather than down to) the appropriate temperature. When you heat water and let it cool, it removes oxygen from the boiling water and decreases the flavor of tea. Who knew more oxygen means more flavor? To get the perfect cup takes practice, as we believe it truly is an art to brew tea right. Experiment, be mindful, use the tools you have first, like timing and your taste buds, and then when you feel more inclined to get closer to that perfect cup, invest in a simple tea thermometer. Or, to reach the highest levels of accuracy, you could invest in a Japanese electric water heater, but it’s certainly not necessary to simply enjoy a cup of tea.