FAQ Answered: How Long Should I Brew My Tea? FAQ Answered: How Long Should I Brew My Tea?

20 Apr , 2016

We’re often asked how long is “best” to brew the teas. For an ideal brew time there are a few factors to consider. So we’re going to answer the age old question – how long should I brew my tea?

Teas like black tea and green tea have very specific brew times (and even ideal water temperatures).  This is because these types of tea can become unpleasant and bitter if they’re over-brewed.  Sometimes even specific varieties of tea (such as Gunpowder or Sencha green) will have different brewing guidelines.  Matcha is another popular green tea variety which has its own unique preparation method.

Herbal tea is a bit different and more forgiving.  We covered a bit on brewing vessels and methods on our How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea blog post.  For brew time we suggest 5-20 minutes.  This gives the herbs a chance to release a lot of flavor and nutrients.

However, sometimes herbalists suggest infusing teas overnight.  Many herbs that are used in the bases of our teas release the most nutrients after several hours of steeping.  Peaceful Pregnancy is one that many midwives and herbalists might advise a woman to brew longer for a more powerful infusion.

To infuse overnight you’ll simply cover the herbs with boiling water in the vessel of your choice, put a top on it and leave it to sit at room temp overnight.

Another delicious option is the sun tea method.  Stick your herbs and water in a clear glass container and leave them out on a sunny day- yum yum!

We hope this helps to clear up any questions you might have about brew time.  Please feel free to reach out with any other questions you have!

~Happy sipping and we’re happy to have answered your question – how long should I brew my tea?!

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We’re often asked how long is “best” to brew the teas. For an ideal brew time there are a few factors to consider. So we’re going to answer the age old question – how long should I brew my tea?

Teas like black tea and green tea have very specific brew times (and even ideal water temperatures).  This is because these types of tea can become unpleasant and bitter if they’re over-brewed.  Sometimes even specific varieties of tea (such as Gunpowder or Sencha green) will have different brewing guidelines.  Matcha is another popular green tea variety which has its own unique preparation method.

Herbal tea is a bit different and more forgiving.  We covered a bit on brewing vessels and methods on our How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea blog post.  For brew time we suggest 5-20 minutes.  This gives the herbs a chance to release a lot of flavor and nutrients.

However, sometimes herbalists suggest infusing teas overnight.  Many herbs that are used in the bases of our teas release the most nutrients after several hours of steeping.  Peaceful Pregnancy is one that many midwives and herbalists might advise a woman to brew longer for a more powerful infusion.

To infuse overnight you’ll simply cover the herbs with boiling water in the vessel of your choice, put a top on it and leave it to sit at room temp overnight.

Another delicious option is the sun tea method.  Stick your herbs and water in a clear glass container and leave them out on a sunny day- yum yum!

We hope this helps to clear up any questions you might have about brew time.  Please feel free to reach out with any other questions you have!

~Happy sipping and we’re happy to have answered your question – how long should I brew my tea?!

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The post FAQ Answered: How Long Should I Brew My Tea? appeared first on Birds & Bees Teas.