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