Use fresh, cool, oxygenated water. Never use tepid, long-standing, pre-heated or hot tap water. Heat the water and pour it directly over the leaves. (Use about one teaspoon of tea per cup.)
For green teas, heat it to the point where bubbles just begin to form.
For oolong teas, heat the water until the bubbles start to release and it is beginning to boil.
For black tea, allow the water to come to a gentle boil.
Steep the tea in an infuser — about three to four minutes for green tea and four to five minutes for oolong and black tea. Don’t overpack the infuser so the leaves have enough room to unfurl completely.
Or simply steep the loose leaves and then pour the brewed tea through a strainer into a serving cup. Perfect tea is brewed one cup at a time. Personal tastes, vary, of course — you’ll want to adjust the measurements and brewing times according to your own preferences.
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