Tea Brewing Guides Masterlist

Steep-3Get Instructions for the Following Brewing Methods:

Gaiwan Brewing
Gongfu Tea Ceremony
Sencha Brewing
Yerba Mate Brewing
Single-Serving Loose Leaf Brewers
Simple Teaware Demonstration
Cold Brewed Iced Tea
Terere (Iced Yerba Mate)



Coming soon:
How to Brew Compressed Tea (Zhuan Cha and Bing Cha)
Chai Brewing

Powdered Teas:
Traditional Matcha Brewing Guide
Matcha Latte
Matcha Chai
Iced Matcha
Genmaicha Latte
Iced Genmaicha

Steep Times:

Every tea behaves a little differently, even within the same general category. Many green teas, for example, will get bitter if steeped for too long, while others may need a little extra time to reach their full flavor potential. Some teas are undesirable after the first few infusions, while others seem to endlessly produce a delicious flavor. While it is useful to have guidelines for how long to brew, how many times, and at what temperature, experimenting with your tea will help you become familiar with the unique character of your tea and the brewing methods that bring out the best flavor. The following chart is therefore not a hard-and-fast guide to brewing, but rather a place to get started.

Style of TeaWater Temp

°F (°C)

Steep Time


Number of InfusionsQuantity of Leaf

(tsp / 8oz water)

White170°F (77°C)2-42-32
(Chinese style)

160 – 180°F (71 – 82°C)2-3 2-32
(Japanese style Sencha, Matcha, etc.)

140°F (Gyokuros) –
180°F (some Senchas)
(60 – 82°C)
1.5-2 2-31
Black185 – 200°F (85 – 93°C)3-51-31
Oolong180 – 200°F (82 – 93°C)3-43-41
Puer200°F (green puer) – 212°F (dark puer)
(93 – 100°C)
Herbal190°F (88°C)3-51-22

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  1. Why do green and white teas taste better with lower water temperatures? With a less oxidized tea, the lower steeping temperature allows for a complex and full flavored brew. Green and white teas are delicate, like fresh garden produce. If you put boiling water on them, the finished cup will seem like overcooked vegetables rather than an elegant sweet, vibrant beverage.

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