Many people don't realize it, but tea leaves are actually quite delicate. You might be able to pour boiling water over most tea bags, but loose leaf tea can be more sensitive. Using the correct water temperature is very important if you want to avoid making bitter tea. Try using an electric kettle to consistently get the temperature you need. Follow our simple tips below in order to consistently brew the best cup of tea.
The most common mistake made we see when steeping green tea is using water that is too hot. It is important to use water that is about 175℉.
If you do not have any way to check the water temperature, use water that is lightly steaming. Allow the tea to steep for 2-3 minutes unless you don't mind the taste of a stronger cup of tea, but remember, too long of a steep can lead to a bitter-tasting tea.
Thankfully, not all tea is as sensitive as white and green tea. Black tea is more robust in flavor and can tolerate hotter water. Try to use water that is about 195℉. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes unless you want a bold cup of tea and more caffeine. If you do not have any way to check the water temperature, either let boiling water cool for a minute or add a small ice cube to a mug of boiling water.
For those of us that have a hard time following instructions, herbal tea is probably the best option. Most herbal teas can handle boiling water and are steeped for quite a while. In order to extract all the benefits from an herbal tea, brew with 210℉ water and allow the tea to steep for 5-7 minutes or longer if you want a strong cup of tea. Just be careful! The tea will stay hot for a while and nobody likes to burn their mouth (I've done this way too often).