There is nothing better than a homemade cup of tea.
In this guide we are using Oriental Beauty oolong, which has a twisted leaf shape. Twisted leaf tea (e.g., Oriental Beauty or Jade Rouge) steeps faster than rolled leaf tea (e.g., Frozen Summit) so the brewing time should be closer to 1 minute instead of 2. With the ratio we provided (6 grams of tea and 8 oz of water), we suggest 3 steepings using the same tea leaves, but feel free to adjust according to your preference. We recommend completing all your steepings within the day.
Weigh out 6 grams of tea.
Use hot water (195, 200, or 212 °F) to rinse your teapot. This is the same temperature you will use to brew the tea. Heating the teapot to your intended brewing temperature will allow more precise brewing temperature. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.
Pour out the water. Add the loose leaf tea to your tea pot.
Add water to your tea. Generally, the water should be lower (~195 °F) for twisted tea leaves and higher (~212 °F) for tightly rolled tea leaves. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.
Make sure the tea leaves are wet evenly, gently swirl your tea pot if necessary.
Let the tea brew for 1 minute. For tightly rolled tea leaves we prefer a longer steeping time of 2 minutes.
When the steeping time is up, pour the tea into a pitcher or a mug. Make sure all the liquid is drained from the teapot. That way the tea doesn't over-brew and become bitter when you go back for subsequent steepings. To ensure there is no tea residue in your brew, consider using a fine mesh tea strainer.
Pour your tea and enjoy!
Re-steep the tea as many times as you fancy. We recommend three in total for this tea-to-water ratio. To re-steep simply add more water. The second steep's suggested brewing time is the same as the first and the third should be 1-2 minutes longer.
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