Proper Tea Preparation
The measure of leaf tea remains constant by weight. Varieties of tea allow for several infusions based upon the quality and grade of the tea, tea leaf style, steep time and water temperature. For example, orthodox leaf style will yield several infusions; however, CTC will not.
Adjusted to the tea leaf style, one to two teaspoons of dry leaf (1.8 to 2.2 grams) is the approximate measure of leaf tea to six (6) fluid ounces of quality water. For example, the CTC black tea would require a level teaspoon; whereas, an orthodox tea would require one to two heaping teaspoons.
The temperature of the water is critical to ensure that the tea is not scorched or blasted with hot water resulting in bitter or astringent characteristics.
|Type of Tea||Steep Time||Infusions||Temperature|
|White Tea||1.0 - 2.5||Several||160° - 170° F|
|Spring Green Tea||1.0 - 2.0||Several||160° - 170° F|
|Green Tea||1.0 - 3.0||Several||170° - 180° F|
|Purple Tea||1.0 - 3.0||Few||170° - 180° F|
|Oolong Tea||1.5 - 2.0||Several||180° - 200° F|
|Aged Oolong Tea||1.5 - 2.5||Several||180° - 200° F|
|Black Tea||1.0 - 4.5||Single||190° - 200° F|
|Pu-Erh Tea||2.0 - 4.5||Several||200° - 212° F|
|Temperature Conversion Table (F = 9/5 C° + 32°)|