Tea Links and info:
Some notes of mine on tea and tea making.
You must have good water, if you don't want to drink it, it will make bad tea. I use a very good water filter to clean it. Also if you have hard water, expect a film on top of the tea.
Microwaves make it tast funny, but electric and stove top varieties should work fine.
Needs to be able to let the tea absorb the water and expand. So tea balls and tea bags are no good.
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Types of tea:
Green, Black, White, Oolong, Red, Chi, more...
Good break down:
Black tea water at a full, rolling boil, 212 degrees.
Oolong tea (also known as wulong tea) should be made with water a little bit below boiling, between 190 and 203 degrees. The water should be steaming rapidly and there should many bubbles rising in in the kettle, but not really breaking the surface.
Green teas should be made with slightly cooler water, between 160 and 180 degrees. The steam should be wafting or gently swirling out of the kettle.
White teas should be made with even cooler water, anywhere from 150 to 160 degrees, when you see the very first hint of steam.
Puerh teas ether 2 ways with cooler water, similar to a green tea or make with boiling water and steep a long time.
Herbal teas typically boiling water.
Black teas steep 4-6 minutes.
Darjeelings steep 2-3 minutes.
Oolong teas (also known as wulong tea) vary dramatically and you need to experiment or follow the suggested steeping instructions on the bag. Many oolongs (wulongs) are perfect at 3-4 minutes, some need 6-8 minutes.
Green teas steeped for much less time, 2-3 minutes.
Whites teas around 2 minutes, some can be steeped much longer.
Puerh teas steeped at least 7-8 minutes, up to 20 minutes.
Herbals steeped a minimum of 4-6 minutes, some for up to 10 minutes.
Good link on how to make tea:
Where to buy (online):
Nice info on green tea...
Green tea, Japanese and Chinese preparation:
Green tea info:
The tea of 1984
Info from various sites , books, and my own experience, and is for my own personal reference. If you have info or comments to add please email me. coolate at gmail.com.