Tea Brewing Guide for Beginners

Taking the big step into loose leaf tea (beyond Lipton teabags) is quite an overwhelming one. There’s soooo much information out there. If you’re wondering where to start, you’ve come to the right place — I’ll go over each type of tea and how to prepare it properly. A rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of tea per 6 oz of water. The best brewed loose leaf are the ones that have the most room for the tea to unfurl and expand so instead of a tea filter, opt for a roomy infuser if using a teacup or mug.

Tea Guide for Beginners

WHITE TEA

WHAT TO GET
Silver Needle, White Peony

CAFFEINE LEVEL
Light

IDEAL STEEPING VESSEL
Gaiwan (Chinese porcelain or glass cup with a lid.)

AMOUNT OF TEA + WATER
1 teaspoon (3 grams) + 6 oz
Or roughly, 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every cup of water.

WATER TEMPERATURE
170°F – 180°F
When the water starts to steam before you see any bubbles.

STEEPING TIME
4 minutes

Tea Guide for Beginners

GREEN TEA

WHAT TO GET
Genmaicha, Sencha, Hojicha

CAFFEINE LEVEL
Medium

IDEAL STEEPING VESSEL
Kyusu (Japanese teapot) if tea is from Japan.
Gaiwan (Chinese porcelain or glass cup with a lid) if tea is from China.

AMOUNT OF TEA + WATER
1 teaspoon (3 grams) + 6 oz
Or roughly, 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every cup of water.

WATER TEMPERATURE
160°F – 175°F depending on the tea.
When the water starts to steam before you see any bubbles.

STEEPING TIME
3 minutes

Tea Guide for Beginners

OOLONG TEA

WHAT TO GET
Iron Goddess (Tie Guan Yin), Oriental Beauty

CAFFEINE LEVEL
Medium

IDEAL STEEPING VESSEL
Yixing or clay teapot
Gaiwan (Chinese porcelain or glass cup with a lid.)

AMOUNT OF TEA + WATER
1 teaspoon (3 grams) + 6 oz
Or roughly, 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every cup of water.

WATER TEMPERATURE
185°F
When the water just starts to bubble and move.

STEEPING TIME
3 minutes

Tea Guide for Beginners

BLACK TEA

The most common type of tea in the US. Blends like Earl Grey and English Breakfast are made from black tea leaves.

WHAT TO GET
Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon

CAFFEINE LEVEL
High

IDEAL STEEPING VESSEL
Gaiwan (Chinese porcelain or glass cup with a lid.)

AMOUNT OF TEA + WATER
1 teaspoon (3 grams) + 6 oz
Or roughly, 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every cup of water.

WATER TEMPERATURE
190°F – 205°F
When the water is at a rolling boil.

STEEPING TIME
4-5 minutes

Tea Guide for Beginners

PUERH/PU’ER TEA

WHAT TO GET
Shou puerh, or get a few samples to try first.

CAFFEINE LEVEL
High

IDEAL STEEPING VESSEL
Gaiwan (Chinese porcelain or glass cup with a lid.)

AMOUNT OF TEA + WATER
1 teaspoon (3 grams) + 6 oz
If you’re drinking puerh, you’re probably not drinking it from a teacup or mug.

WATER TEMPERATURE
195°F – 205°F
When the water is at a rolling boil.

STEEPING TIME
5 minutes

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2 Comments

  • 6 months ago

    Hey Jee…! am also reads your posts but this is one of my favorite and i really like it your tea. Thanks for sharing…….!

    • Jee
      6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Umakant!

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