A great cup of tea begins with fresh, cool, water.

  1. Measure the leaf – approximately 1 teaspoonful per cup.  Heat the water and pour it directly over the leaves.  For green teas, heat the water 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 teas, allow the water to come to a gentle boil.
  2.  Steep the tea, about 1 – 2 minutes for green teas, 4 – 5 minutes for oolong and black teas.  Make sure the leaves have enough room to spread out completely; don’t overpack the infuser.  Steep the loose leaves and then pour the brewed tea through a strainer into a serving cup.