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Tea Brewing

The tea preparation chart below explains the tea brewing process with specifics regarding the amount of loose leaf tea you should use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready. These are Tea Brewing and we recommend you look carefully at each individual tea, which may have slightly different tea brewing instructions.  For example, it takes a few minutes longer to make herbal tea (4-6 minutes) than to brew green tea (1 minute).  White and green teas should be brewed at a lower temperature ( 175º)  than oolong and black teas (195º) and herbal teas (208º).

Tea Brewing Advice
All Doehi teas will come with instructions for how to make that specific tea. If you are unsure how to prepare tea, just be careful not to steep the tea for too long or it may become bitter.  This is especially true when making flavored white teas, green tea, oolong and black teas.  Always consider the recommended steep or brew times as a maximum amount of time you should steep the tea. For stronger tea, increase the amount of tea, but not the steep time.

When making iced tea, double the amount of tea and simply pour the hot tea over ice when finished steeping. For herbal iced teas, double the amount of tea and double the steep time as well.

Tea Making – How to Make Iced Tea
Enjoy a refreshing and tasty, healthy glass of iced tea when you start with whole, loose leaf tea leaves. Your typical homemade black iced teas usually begin with tea bags, which are full of “tea dust” rather than whole leaf tea leaves. Using tea bags to make iced tea usually produce a lower quality tea and you miss out on the full body and flavor that only premium, loose-leaf teas can provide.

Making homemade iced tea is very similar to making hot teas , however, there are a few differences. Follow these simple steps on how to make great tasting gourmet iced tea.

First, double the amount of loose tea used in your brew (as compared to hot tea). If you prefer sweet iced tea, add sugar to the finished tea, for the best taste.

Next, immediately after the hot tea is brewed, pour it into a glass filled almost to the top with ice. The sudden cooling keeps the flavor and scent of the tea intact. Finish it off with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint for the perfect glass of cool, refreshing iced tea.

In general, our rooibos teas, fruit teas, black teas (which are traditional ice teas) and herbal teas are great over ice. Iced green teas can be delicious too, provided you choose a flavored or scented green tea that you enjoy. Mixing two or three teas together will get you a unique iced tea brew that is often better than any single tea. So try something new!

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