Brewing Loose Tea The Simple Leaf Way – The Art of The Infusion
Infusion, or steeping begins the moment the tea leaves make contact with the water. The length of time you need to infuse your tea depends on the type of tea. In general, because smaller leaves have a higher surface area, it infuses its flavor quicker, so the smaller the leaf, the faster the infusion time. These are general guidelines, so feel free to experiment. You’ll find your own infusion sweet-spot in no time.
- Most small leaf black teas: 2-3 minutes (boiling water)
- Most large leaf black teas: 3-5 minutes (boiling water)
- Green teas: 2 minutes (cooler than boiling water)
- White teas: 7 minutes (cooler than boiling water)
Once you’re done infusing, make sure you take the leaves out of the water before you pour into your cup. You can use an infuser for this, or try one of our handy t-sac tea sachets to get the job done without any mess.
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