How to Brew Hot Tea

From the Republic of Tea

Heat Your Water

It begins with the water—the element that brings tea to its full potential. Fresh water yields a better cup. We recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water.

Fill your tea kettle with fresh, cold water and heat to a rolling boil—unless you’re making green tea or 100% White Tea. In that case, stop short of boiling to avoid “cooking” the delicate tea.

If you’re using a teapot, warm it first by swirling in a splash of steamy water and pour it out.

Plan on about one teaspoon of tea or herbs or one tea bag per six-ounce cup. If using whole leaf tea, place tea in infusing basket or teapot.


Time Your Steeping

Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot, and infuse to taste. Different teas take well to different infusing times. Experiment to find your ideal time, but take care – don’t steep for too long or you’ll find your tea has gone bitter or acidic.

White: tea bag 30 – 60 seconds, full leaf 2 – 3 minutes

Green: tea bag 1 – 3 minutes, full leaf 2 – 4 minutes

Black: tea bag or full leaf, 3 – 5 minutes

Oolong: tea bag 3 – 5 minutes, full leaf 5 – 7 minutes

Red/Herb: tea bag or leaf, 5 – 7 minutes


Enjoy Your Hot Tea

Remove the tea bag or infuser, or use a strainer for the leaves. Pour the steaming tea into a cup and let it cool for a moment.

Sip. Let the infusion please your palate. Enjoy the nuances, the complexity and character. This is drinking tea.


Brewing tips from the Republic of Tea. Whimsical owl mugs by Tag.