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How to Make the Perfect Pot of Hot Tea

©Lisa Boalt Richardson from The World in Your Teacup

  • Use spring water or fresh, cold water from the tap. Do not reuse water you have already boiled because the oxygen will have evaporated and this affects the taste of the tea.
  • Warm the teapot with very hot water from the tap, then discard that water.
  • Measure the tea leaves carefully into your infuser (approximately 1 teaspoon per cup of water or according to the instructions that come with your tea). .
  • Heat the water until it reaches the correct temperature, generally 160 to 180 degrees for green and white tea, 190 to 200 degrees for oolong, and a full boil for black teas, herbal infusions, and fruit blends. Pour the water over the leaves immediately and cover your teapot or mug.
  • Steep the tea for the time instructed on the tea package, generally 1 to 3 minutes for green and white teas, 3 to 5 minutes for black teas and oolongs, and 5 to 10 minutes for herbal infusions and fruit blends. Over steeping can also cause the tea to taste bitter.
  • After steeping, remove the leaves.  

©Lisa Boalt Richardson from The World in Your Teacup

Special thanks to Lisa Knows Tea for sharing these great tea preparation tips.  Now it is easy to prepare tea for your next tea party!

http://www.lisaknowstea.com

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