T2Temperature. If you go to 10 different tea web sites and see what they recommend for the ideal temperature to brew different types of teas, you’ll probably see 10 different recommended times for each type. We want to make this easier for you. Below please find the recommended temperatures as provided by the Specialty Tea Institute. The truth is, this is a great place to start. Once you become more comfortable with tea and your favorite types, you’ll experiment with temperature and time. You’ll discover that all green teas are not the same and some you’ll enjoy at lower temperatures than others. Some will allow for more steepings than others. As a general rule of thumb, the more delicate whites are brewed at lower temperatures than other tea, although there are some that can handle higher temperatures. Remember, everyone has different tastes and likes and dislikes. Why does one person love Coke and another only drinks Pepsi? Both are colas but we each have our own distinct preferences. I remember when I was willing, for the first time, to purchase some really expensive tea. I ordered from a company I had been getting my tea from for a while and knew they had high grade tea. I actually asked them for a recommendation of their “very best tea”, that was currently available, that I could use for a tea ceremony I had planned for guests. I eagerly awaited the arrival of my tea, which was only 2 ounces due to its substantial price. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait for the tea ceremony to sample my prize tea so I brewed up a small pot immediately. Boy was I disappointed. I can’t even say it was great. I felt it was “good”. Some might argue that my expectations were too high. What I’ve since learned is that tea is a lot like wine. Just because a bottle costs $200 doesn’t guarantee that you’ll like the taste. Will you like the $500 bottle better? Again like fine wine, the high end premium teas will be excellent quality leaves, however, it won’t ensure that you’ll like it the best. I have found that the higher the quality of tea, often the more subtle the flavor. As ones pallet becomes accustomed to the subtleties of tea, a new world of tastes and smells will await you.

Water temperature recommendations established by the Specialty Tea Institute (STI).

White – 160-170 degrees F or 71-76 degrees C

Green – 170-190 degrees F or 76-88 degrees C

Oolong – 160-180 degrees F or 71-82 degrees C

Black – 190-208 degrees F or 88-98 degrees C