You must have had some tea that, one day, is wonderful and the other day, it is bitter and unpalatable. So, you ask yourself, “Where did I go wrong?”
The tea leaves, Camellia sinensis, have tannins (as in wine!), of bitter taste. In the preparation of tea, water will extract the tannins. The longer the herb stays in the water, the more tannins the water will extract – and the more bitter the tea will become. The same is true in the case of preparing your tea with very hot water. It’s bitterness for sure!
So, to prepare the perfect tea, here are some tips for infusion time and temperature:
White teas: Time between 3 and 4 minutes. Temperature between 70 ° C and 80 ° C.
Green teas: Time between 3 and 4 minutes. Temperature between 70 ° C and 85 ° C.
Oolong teas: Time between 3 and 4 minutes. Temperature between 75ºC and 85ºC.
Black teas: Time between 3 and 5 minutes. Temperature between 80 ° C and 95 ° C.
Dark teas (Pu-Erh): Time between 2 and 4 minutes. Temperature between 90 ° C and 99 ° C.
Other herbs, fruits and flowers: Time between 5 and 10 minutes. Temperature between 90 ° C and 100 ° C.
If you don’t have a thermometer, keep an eye on the kettle when you heat up the water. When the first bubbles start to rise, the water is approximately 70 – 75 ° C. When the size of the bubbles increases a little, as well as the speed at which they rise, the water is approximately 80 ° C – 90 ° C. And I recommend that you stop there!
If you forget the water on the stove and it boils, that’s fine. Just wait 1 to 3 minutes (depending on the room temperature) to put the herb in the water and prepare your tea. But remember: for the preparation of herbs other than tea (Camellia sinensis), you can use boiling water. Just follow the table above.
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And how much tea do I pour?
In general, you will use a teaspoon of herb to prepare a cup of tea with 200 ml of water.
Another important tip is to store your tea in the correct way: away from light, air and moisture, and away from other aromatic substances (strong spices and spices).
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Good tasting, kisses and lots of tea!