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black or green tea in a teacup - how to make tea using loose leaf tea
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How To Make Tea

Brewing the perfect cup of tea is an art. In this recipe, I cover everything you need to know so that you can learn how to make tea from choosing the leaves, the best type of water to use, and all the tools necessary to make that perfect warm and comforting cup of tea! Works for black tea, green tea, and most other tea varieties!
Prep Time10 minutes
Steep3 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Anjali Shah


  • tsp Loose Leaf Green Tea or Black Tea
  • 8 oz purified water


  • Measure out your tea. One teaspoon of loose leaf tea or one teabag per cup of water you plan on using to brew. More tea per water will lead to a stronger brew, while more water per tea will lead to a milder one. Add your tea to your teapot.
  • Heat your water in your kettle. Once your kettle has boiled wait for about a minute to two minutes for it to cool a bit so it does not scorch your leaves but not too long that it isn't hot enough to brew the leaves! Your thermometer will come in handy here. For green tea the temperature should be between 140-180 degrees Fahrenheit. See the notes for the recommended temperature for other types of tea.
  • Pour the water onto the leaves in your teapot and allow to steep. For green tea steep for 3 minutes. If you like a stronger tea flavor, let your leaves steep a little longer than the recommended guidelines. But remember, steep too long and they may become bitter! See the notes section for the recommended time to steep your leaves for the different types of teas.
  • Pour your tea into your chosen cup. Let it sit for a bit so it can unfurl its fine aroma and the full catalog of flavors. Sip your tea and enjoy!




Temperature for Different Types of Teas
  • 140-180 degrees Fahrenheit for Green and White tea leaves
  • 190-195 degrees Fahrenheit for Oolong tea.
  • 200 degrees Fahrenheit for Black tea.
  • 210 degrees Fahrenheit for Pu’erh, Herbal teas, and tisanes.  
Steeping Times for Different Types of Teas
  • 3 minutes for Green tea
  • 2 minutes for White and Oolong
  • 3-5 for Black and Pu’erh
  • 5-7 minutes for Herbal teas and tisanes
Nutritional information assumes tea with no milk or sugar added.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 3mg