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The Temperature of Tea

Did you know that the temperature of your water can make a big difference to the quality and taste of your cup of tea? Just like different teas should be steeped for different periods of time, different tea leaves also require different water temperatures.

Here’s our quick guide to water temperature: Oolong – Boiling water (100 degrees) should be used for these tea leaves. A short infusion time of 3-4 minutes is all that is needed for these leaves in order to avoid stewing which makes the tea taste bitter. Black Tea - Boiling water (100 degrees) should be used for these tea leaves. A short infusion time of 2-3 minutes is all that is needed for these leaves in order to avoid stewing, making the tea taste bitter.

Avoid the British practice of using a tea cosy – the Chinese believe that keeping the leaves too warm can lead to them stewing. Green & White Tea – The maximum water to be used with these leaves is 85 degrees. This is because boiling water will kill the tea leaves and flatten the taste.  Jasmine Tea – Boil your water in the kettle, but then allow a few minutes for the water to cool slightly before adding to the cup. Enjoy it and share it with family and friends.