Steeping Method

Teas will be steeped in traditional professional cupping sets which hold about 5.5oz (162ml) of water. Each tea will be prepared using 3g of tea, unless otherwise noted below. Time and temperature will be controlled based on the grid below. Matcha categories will be prepared by weight; whisking 1.5g of matcha to 65g (2.3oz) of water at 185◦F (79◦C) in a warm dry cupping bowl.

TEA

TIME

TEMPERATURE

White Tea (leaf & buds)

4 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

White Tea (buds only)

3 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

Pan Fired Green Tea

3 minutes

185◦F (85◦C)

Steamed Green Tea

2 minutes

185◦F (85◦C)

Jasmine Green, Pearls

4 minutes

185◦F (85◦C)

Yellow Tea

3 minutes

185◦F (85◦C)

Green Oolong Tea

3 minutes

195◦F (90◦C)

Dark Oolong Tea

4 minutes

195◦F (90◦C)

Black Tea

5 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

Machine Processed Black Tea - 2g

5 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

Darjeeling

4 minutes

195◦F (90◦C)

Pu-erh/Dark Tea

5 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

Rooibos

5 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)

Herbal / Tisane

5 minutes

205◦F+ (96◦C+)