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Steeping Guide

The Steepery Tea Co. provides specific brewing instructions for each of our teas and we have also put together this guide to assist you in brewing your first cup of a new tea.

We encourage you to experiment. As with all things in life we have personal preferences. Adjust the tea quantity, water temperature and steeping times to find the brew that you love.

Throughout our store you will find references to Western and Gong Fu Cha style brewing. Western brewing uses a large teapot, a lower quantity of tea leaf to water ratio and longer steeping times with tea leaves being expended after 2-3 infusions. Gong Fu Cha style brewing uses smaller brewing vessels, a higher level of tea leaf to water ratio, shorter steeping times with tea leaves being able to be used for multiple successive infusions. This technique reveals the layering and complexities of a tea that will change from one infusion to the next. Try your hand at both and see what you prefer.

We recommend that you use a water source that is pure and fresh. Fresh spring water or filtered water will give you the best results.

Family Method Amount* Temperature Time
White Western 2-3g per 150mL 75˚C-80˚C 3-5 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 75˚C-80˚C First infusion 35s, Subsequent infusions 50-80s
Yellow Western 2-3g per 150mL 80˚C-85˚C 2-3 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 80˚C-85˚C First infusion 35s, Subsequent infusions 50-80s
Green Western 2-3g per 150mL 80˚C-85˚C 1-3 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 80˚C-85˚C First infusion 35s, Subsequent infusions 50-80s
Oolong Western 2-3g per 150mL 85˚C-90˚C Rinse, 3 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 85˚C-90˚C Rinse, first infusion 35s, Subsequent infusions 50-80s
Black or Red Western 2-3g per 150mL 90˚C-100˚C 4-5 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 90˚C-100˚C First infusion 35s, Subsequent infusions 50-80s
Dark or Fermented Western 2-3g per 150mL 100˚C Rinse (*2), 3 minutes
  Gong Fu Cha 4-6g per 150mL 100˚C Rinse (*2), first infusion 30s, Subsequent infusions 45-80s
Tisane   2-3g per 150mL 100˚C 5-6 minutes

* We have provided tea quantities in a weight due to the varying leaf shapes and style. Roughly speaking 2g of tea = 1 full teaspoon of medium leaf tea.