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Video:Guide to Tea Brewing Times

with Elisa Pupko

Depending on what tea you're drinking, there is a particular amount of time to let it brew properly. In this About.com video, learn how to get the right brew timings, so you can enjoy a flavorful cup of tea.See Transcript

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Transcript:Guide to Tea Brewing Times

Hi I'm Elisa Pupko for About.com here to talk to you about Tea brewing times. I'm going to be showing you black tea, green tea, and herbal tea today. 

How Long to Brew Black Tea

Black tea is the most robust of the tea varieties and can be brewed in boiling water.  It usually steeps for about 4-6 minutes.

Black Tea Varieties

Some of the common varieties you'll find in America are English Breakfast tea, which has strong rich taste and satisfying aroma, Earl Grey which is a nicely balanced tea and has a citrus fruit flavor, and Irish Breakfast, which is a full-bodied tea with a robust taste and hearty aroma.

Tea Brewing Mistakes

A common mistake in brewing green tea is using boiling water, which can cause your tea to taste bitter. Most green teas are steeped at about 160-180 degrees F, which is only simmering. Green tea steeping times can vary between 20-30 seconds, to up to 4 minutes. It's best to check your tea's packaging or ask your tea vendor for more detailed brewing instructions. 

Green Tea Varieties

Some of the varieties of green teas include flavored, steamed, and roasted.

How Long to Brew Herbal Tea

Brewing times vary widely for herbal teas. It can be as short as two minutes or as long as 15 minutes. It's best to look at the packaging on your tea to determine the length of time to brew. 

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