Brewing tea is actually very simple. All you need is a pot or kettle, a teapot, strainer, water, and obviously the tea you wish to make.
Step 1: Boil water. The water you choose will affect the taste of the tea. If you’ve tasted tea with no preservatives or sweeteners before, you probably have experienced a small bitterness. This is the doing of the type of water used in the process of making tea. Filtered water is the most beneficial type to use; however, Bottled water is fine to use as well. Tap water will not be overly rewarding, but it is still useable.
Step 2: Put the tea leaves in a strainer. Usually teapots come with strainers, but if you have an infuser or another device for brewing, this will do the job just as well. For most tea the best amount is about one teaspoon of leaves per 8 ounces of water. If your tea comes with instructions, use the recommended amount.
Step 3: Add the water. Make sure it’s the correct temperature because -like the type of water- the temperature of the water affects the taste of the tea as well. Every type of tea needs a different temperature. You must also let the flavor of the tea release and mix into the water. The amount of time varies.
White- 180 degrees F; 4-6 minutes
Green- 150-160 degrees F; 2-4 minutes
Black- 190-212 degrees F; 3-5 minutes
Oolong - 190-212 degrees F; 3-5 minutes
Rooibos- 212 degrees F; 4-5 minutes
Most herbal teas don’t have a specific temperature, as long as it is not over the boiling temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: Enjoy the tea after all the flavor has been released!