How To Brew The Perfect Cup of teALCHEMY April 10, 2018 by Tealchemy I find instructions on making a good cup of tea hard to find. How exactly do you boil your waters for tea? Here’s a simplified version on how to make the perfect cup of tea. 1) If you’re using tap water, make sure to let the water run a little, then fill up your teapot. Using cold water makes a better cup, plain and simple. 2) If you have distilled water, use it from time to time to keep your kettle clean and to flush out your system as well. 3) If you have filtered water, well then you already know what to do. Generally, if you want to brew a black tea, use your regular setting and pour your boiling tea into your teacup or teapot. Same goes for Rooibos, it’s a hearty plant that can take the heat. You can learn more about the Rooibos plant and history here. Green Teas However, the green teas are a bit more delicate and generally you should let the boiled water cool down a few notches before you put it over your greens. Here’s how we ‘brew it,’ in order: Oolong – if your water has boiled, wait few minutes before you steep it (87 degrees [celsius] vs. 100) White – if your water has boiled, wait 3-4 minutes (80 degrees) Green – wait 4-5 minutes after water has boiled to pour over your green teas (75-79 degrees) Any delicate green teas, ceremonial teas, or other specialty teas should probably be brewed at 70 degrees celsius or so. Meaning, unless you have a kettle that brews at the temperature of your choice, best wait 5-10 minutes before you pour it into your first flush or other teas. For a more comprehensive look on how to brew teas, go to our tea brewing guide to learn more about steeping times & more. If you want to get all Jamie Oliver about it, click here to get British-ed up.