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2nd December
2010
written by MB

Lifehacker posted a great article last week by Tony Gebely about tea, one of my favorite things. (Looks like the original was posted by Tony here.)

Some highlights of the article:

  • All tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. If you are drinking something that did not come from this plant (chamomile, mint, tulsi, rooibos, etc) it is not tea.
  • Tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes mental acuity. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine creates a sense of “mindful awareness.”
  • The more oxidized the tea leaves are, the hotter the water temperature should be when steeping.
  • Tea bags suck

Here’s a table I find myself searching for all the time:

Tea Temperature 1st Steep 2nd Steep 3rd Steep 4th Steep
White 150-160ºF 1 min 1 min 1.5 min 1.75 min
Green 170-180ºF 1 min 1 min 1.5 min 1.75 min
Oolong 190-195ºF 30 sec 30 sec 45 sec 45 sec
Black 212ºF 1 min 1 min 1.5 min 1.5 min
Pu-erh 212ºF 30 sec 30 sec 45 sec 1 min

Some of my favorite sources for tea or tea info:

Good-looking Links from Tony:


Photo credits: World of Tea

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