Loose leaf teas are sensitive to heat and brewing time variances, so paying attention to the details is best for the optimal cup. Our recommendation? Invest in a tea thermometer, and check the temperature of your water before adding in the tea. At right are optimal temperatures and brew times for the most popular varieties.
• Black tea 205 degrees
• Green tea 175 degrees
• White tea 175 degrees
• Oolong tea 205 degrees
• Herbal tea 205 degrees
• Rooibos tea 205 degrees
MAD FOR MATCHA
The same healthy benefits of green tea are much more concentrated in powdered matcha. Brew it on its own, stir it into drinks, smoothies and oatmeal, or even incorporate it into pancakes or baked goods. Whole Foods, Red Stick Spice Co. and others offer containers of the bright-green powdered tea.
SENCHA WITH MATCHA BY YAMAMOTOYAMA
Go for a mix of matcha and sencha green tea leaves—two of Japan’s most popular varieties of green tea—with this blend. Find it at Vinh Phat, 12351 Florida Blvd., for $3.99 per package.