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How to Make Tea Properly

Author: Jee Choe
Making a perfect pot of tea is all in the details. Learn the proper way to brew tea.
4.9 from 14 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings


  • 2 cups water + more to warm teapot
  • 1 tablespoon loose black tea


  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F for black tea. Heat a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Use filtered water for brewing. Water is the only other ingredient in tea, so better water equals better tea.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into your teapot and swirl it around to get it warm. Discard the water.
  • Put tea into teapot and add hot water.
  • Cover teapot and steep tea for 5 minutes.
    Cover the teapot so that the hot water stays hot.
  • Strain tea solids and pour hot tea into tea cups.


Calories: 1 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Calcium: 7mg
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