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manji
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Anyone know the optimal temperature/time to steep the tea leaves for the various kinds of tea, like green, rooibos, oolong, black, et cetera?
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Samprimary
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Can vary considerably by blend. Few ways to get truly OPTIMAL time, but ... try going to a dedicated teahouse (Tealuxe in Boston, for instance) and try out a tea there, get their steeping time for that particular blend, then buy the blend.
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I prefer cold steeping...I like to just leave the bag(s) in room temperature water for several hours.
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aspectre
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Below one kilometre (~3300feet) above sea level, just below boiling hot; ie when the kettle starts becoming noisy at sifflement,
"The resulting noise just before full boiling sets in is a familiar one to serious tea-drinkers, once known as the 'singing' of the kettle."

Above one kilometre, boiling point...though you might not be able to brew a really good cuppa above one mile.

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Green tea cannot be steeped for too long.
That is why it tends to be kind of bitter when I make it. Because I let my earl grey tea brew for longer than the recommended 6 minutes.

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Green tea suffers from steeping for too long (really 1 - 2 minutes, tops) and from water that's too hot. I pour the water when little bubbles just start to form on the bottom. I think that's around 170 - 180 F.
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