Brewing a lovely aromatic cup of tea is one of the simple pleasures in life. It’s a time when you can both relax and decompress, or energize your mind and body for the day ahead. However, some of us struggle with deciding the appropriate temperature needed when preparing our tea. Today we’ll explore the water temperatures necessary to deliver the perfect cup.
The world of tea is vast and colorful in its variety of options. Every tea has its own unique set of taste characteristics depending on its preparation.
Green tea is herbaceous and sweet with varying astringency and bitterness, while black teas can yield a warm and toasty flavor. It is important to determine the characteristics you want to bring out in your tea when determining water temperature.
Amino acids, catechins, and caffeine are the three basic components of tea that make up its flavor profile. The Amino acids (L Theanine) contribute to the sweetness, catechins for both bitterness & astringency and caffeine for its bitterness.
The tea's mouth feel is determined by the astringency and varied balance of these components. Higher water temperature and longer steep time will accentuate the bitterness and astringency of a tea while releasing the tea's aromatic quality. Lower temperatures bring out the tea's amino acids and creates a lighter tasting beverage.
Please see the posted chart for more information regarding brewing temperatures and suggestions. We hope you will use this information to explore the different varieties of tea to find your perfect cup.