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The Perfect Cup of Tea

Sebastian Beckwith, cofounder of In Pursuit of Tea, explains how best to brew your leaves.

Photography: Burcu Avsar

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Ingredients

  • 4 grams tea leaves

Cook's Note

Heat & Steep

All times are for 12 ounces of water with four grams of leaves

Black
3 minutes
205 degrees (just off a boil)

Green
2 minutes
180 degrees (when you see steam)

Tisane
3 to 4 minutes
205 degrees (just off a boil)

White
2 minutes
180 degrees (when you see steam)

Pu-erh
3 minutes
205 degrees (just off a boil)

Oolong
2 minutes
190 degrees to 205 degrees (just off a boil)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Fill an electric or stove-top kettle with water, ideally filtered.

  2. Step 2

    Heat water (see Cook's Note for temperature recommendations).

  3. Step 3

    Pour 1/2 cup hot water into a 10-to-12-ounce teapot and swish to warm pot up, about 5 seconds; discard water.

  4. Step 4

    Spoon 4 grams tea leaves (1 to 3 rounded tablespoons, depending on density of leaves) directly into teapot or into a basket strainer inside pot.

  5. Step 5

    Fill teapot with hot water and let steep (see Cook's Note for brewing times).

  6. Step 6

    When tea is ready, decant it or remove basket strainer to stop the steeping.

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