Video:Guide to Tea Brewing Temperatureswith Elisa Pupko
Need instructions on what temperature you should brew tea at? Watch this About.com video to see an overview.See Transcript
Transcript:Guide to Tea Brewing Temperatures
Hi I’m Elisa Pupko for About.com here to talk to you about Tea brewing temperatures.
Tea Brewing Temperature Basics
I’m going to be showing you tea brewing temperatures for black tea, oolong, green, and herbal tea. I’m using a tea thermometer especially designed fro brewing tea. It allows you to select what type of tea you’re brewing, and it will you the temperature and the brewing time needed. If you don’t have one handy, you can tell the water temperature by watching the bubbles.
Water Temperature for Tea
Small bubbles begin to float the surface when the water is between 160 and 170 degrees F. You’ll see strings of bubbles from the bottom of the kettle at 180 degrees to 190 degrees F. After that, you’ll have a full rolling boil.
Though most teas will produce a decent cup if you steep them in boiling water, many of the more delicate teas such as green or white do better at lower temperatures. Steeping times are always approximate, and you should adjust them depending on your own personal taste. Black tea is the most robust of the tea varieties and can be brewed with truly boiling water. Oolong tea is more delicate, and the temperature it should be brewed at is around 190 degrees F.
Because green tea is a more delicate tea, water temperatures should be about 150-160 degrees F. If the water is too hot, your tea will have a bitter flavor. Because there are so many different types of herbal teas, it’s hard to give any temperature guidelines. Most herbal teas are fine to be brewed in boiling water. And that’s a guide for tea brewing temperatures.
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