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How Long to Steep Tea

Brewing Times and Temperatures For the Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing a cup of tea seems like a no-brainer proposition on the outset, but as anyone who has suffered through a bitter, oversteeped cup can tell you, to do it well requires a pinch of know-how. If you have the packaging for a particular variety of tea, reference that first to determine its ideal brew time and temperature; otherwise, try our handy reference guide below.

Want to reference it next time you're brewing a pot of tea? Download it, print it out, and post it on your refrigerator so you'll never have to look it up again (or, just bookmark this page)!

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