Brewing Tea

To get the best cup of tea it’s good to know a few things about brewing tea. Once you know some basics you can adjust a little here and there to get your own perfect cup of wulong tea.

For starters it’s best to use filtered water when brewing tea, unless you are lucky enough to have good tap water.

Are you using tea bags or loose leaf tea to brew tea? Typically for a better cup of tea you’ll want to use a good quality loose leaf tea. Generic tea bags can sometimes leave you with a dull cup of tea.

Tea bags are usually filled with small, broken pieces of tea leaves. When the tea leaves are broken they start to dry and loose some the the essential oils that give the distinct tea flavor. The tea leaves also need space so they can expand and allow for the water to circulate around the leaves while brewing tea.

If you’re using tea bags the amount of tea will of course be measured for you, but if you’re using loose leaf tea you’ll need to determine how much loose tea to use for the different varieties of tea to get the flavor you like best. For example you may like to use a different amount of tea leaves for a lighter tea like white tea than you would for a stronger tea like wulong tea. When brewing wulong tea it’s generally recommended that you use one to two teaspoons of loose tea leaves for a single 6-8 ounce cup of tea.

What about water temperature and steeping time for brewing tea? Black tea can be steeped in boiling water for about 4-5 minutes. Wulong tea, or Chinese oolong tea, should be brewed with water just below boiling, at about 195 degrees, for about 3-5 minutes. Green tea should be brewed below boiling, at about 170 degrees, for about 3-4 minutes. And white tea should be brewed below boiling, at about 180 degrees, for 4-6 minutes.

A high quality wulong tea, or wuyi oolong tea, can be brewed multiple times from the same tea leaves. Wulong tea, or Chinese oolong, tea actually gets better with reuse. You should be able to get 3 or 4 brews of tea from one batch of good quality wulong tea leaves.