Steeping Your Loose Leaf Tea
Loose leaf tea tastes great and has fantastic health promoting qualities was we have discussed on previous blog posts. However a common question is how long should you steep your loose leaf tea for?
It is an important question, water temperature is a critical factor in bringing out the best qualities of teas, especially when brewing the lighter Green and white teas. If the water temperature is too hot, the tea will be too bitter and much of its delicate aroma will be lost; if the water temperature is too cool, the full flavour contained in the leaves will not be extracted.
T-tox offers two (non-caffeinated) herbal infusions –
Flexibilitea (great for the evening and good for muscular aches and pains)
Pick Up (perfect for a mid afternoon lift, with Peppermint and Gingko to stimulate and Chamomile to relax)
Due to the fact that they contain no delicate tea leaves these herbal infusions can be steeped at kettle boiling point (100°C / 212°F).
A number of substances in the leaf contribute to the flavour and aroma of green tea. The overall flavour and sweetness of green tea is determined by a variety of amino acids and natural sugars. Bitterness and astringency are contributed by polyphenols (“tannins”). Amino acids dissolve at 60°C (140°F) while tannins dissolve at 80°C (176°F). Therefore, brewing green tea at lower temperatures will ensure that its sweet and complex flavors will not be overpowered by the bitter-tasting flavours.
The Following steeping times are a recommendation:
Yoga Tea 3-4 minutes 70-80°C
Pick Up 4-5 minutes 100°C
Yunnan Green 2-3 minutes 70-80°C
Flexibilitea 4-5 minutes 100°C
Newer kettles have the ability for you to select the temperature you require, however as a general rule if you are not sure of the temperature of the water, Pour water from the kettle into a T-tox Steeping Glass Cup and let sit 2 – 3 minutes to reach 70°C – 75°C. After the allotted time add the tea leaves and place the lid on the glass and steep for the required amount of time.
If you are brewing black or oolong teas use water around 85°c.
Please use around 2.5g of tea per serving equivalent to a teaspoon. You can experiment with the amount for example just add more if you wish to make the brew stronger.
Due to the high quality of the tea leaves, each serving of leaves can be reused up to 2-3 times.
Of course making a cup of tea is a very personal experience and we all have our own favourite way of making a brew.
We’d love to hear how you make yours…