Sebastian Beckwith, cofounder of In Pursuit of Tea, explains how best to brew your leaves.
Fill an electric or stovetop kettle with water, ideally filtered.
Heat water (see Cook's Note for temperature recommendations).
Pour 1/2 cup hot water into a 10-to-12-ounce teapot and swish to warm pot up, about 5 seconds; discard water.
Spoon tea leaves directly into teapot or into a basket strainer inside pot.
Fill teapot with hot water and let steep (see Cook's Note for brewing times).
When tea is ready, decant it or remove basket strainer to stop the steeping.
Heat & Steep
All times are for 12 ounces of water with 4 grams of leaves. Black205 degrees (just off a boil), 3 minutesGreen180 degrees (when you see steam), 2 minutesTisane205 degrees (just off a boil), 3 to 4 minutesWhite180 degrees (when you see steam), 2 minutesPu-erh205 degrees (just off a boil), 3 minutesOolong190 degrees to 205 degrees (just off a boil), 2 minutes