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Our forefathers may have dumped it into Boston Harbor, but teas are still part of many Americans' lifestyle.

Brewing tea, like most enjoyable things in life is very much an individual experience. Whether using tea bags or loose leaf teas, the brewing process is extremely similar and involves several things: type of tea, strength desired and water taste and temperature, to name a few.

Water is among the important aspects. If you do not like the taste from the water from your tap, don't use it to brew tea. Filtered or water in bottles will suit you far better. If you are using tap water, use cold water because warm water heaters can also add contaminants that could affect the taste.

Temperature of water also plays a large role when brewing tea. Most tea can in fact be brewed with boiling water, however, many teas aren't quite as robust as others and would really like a little consideration for his or her delicacy. Black and herb teas are the most robust and can be steeped in boiling water. Green and white teas will burn and produce a bitter taste with boiling water, so it is most effective to allow the boiling water stand at room temperature for 1-2 minutes before contributing to the tea. Oolong tea benefits falls between green and black tea and should be brewed at about 190 degrees.

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The chart given below is meant merely like a guideline, please experiment and decide for your self that which you like.

Green 160 degrees 2-4 minutes

White 180 degrees 4-7 minutes

Oolong 190 degrees 2-8 minutes

Black Tea Boiling water 4-6 minutes

Herbal Teas Boiling water 4-8 minutes

When trying a new tea, taste it frequently as it steeps. Allow that first cup to steep until it is either too bitter or too strong. Take note of the time that it tasted the best for you on the package and you will consistently have your perfect cup of tea.

For those who have never brewed loose leaf tea, you might want to consider trying it out. The brewing procedure is part of the experience with a gourmet tea.

Whether you are using grandma's heirloom China teapot or even the sleekest looking French Press, the process is virtually the same. Using the French Press you can watch the leaves rise and unfurl, to release the color from the leaves. This is often a very soothing experience.

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