Steeping instructions all over the place! Label says thirty seconds at 208F. Wikipedia says twenty to thirty at 175F. Various purveyors recommend three minutes (!) at 160-180F.

First try: 6 gr at 175F for 45 seconds…
light, nutty flavor with kind of umami and faintly creamy taste.

Next try: 8 gr at 160F for 1:00: same flavor but more of it. Still seems a bit hollow though. Will try more time and possibly a splash of milk…

OK, got it! 8gr at 160F for two minutes. Super rich and roasty toasty nutty almost like coffee. I added a splash of milk and it tasted like a light, ethereal, summery cup of coffee. Love it. Can’t wait to wake up to this in the summer.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve recently discovered the world of loose leaf teas and, more importantly, careful brewing. Wow, what a difference! I liked tea when I was steeping bags of it in whatever came out of the red spigot on the office water cooler but I love, love, love it now.

I heat water in my beloved Cuisinart PerfectTemp kettle and brew right in the cup. Never any sweeteners and very, very rarely any milk.

When not drinking tea, I’ve been known to teach gemology, knit, jump onto airplanes and trains at a moment’s notice, watch sumo, make jewelry, read the first halves of many books, dine finely, sing in the car, design webpages, belly dance, learn about stuff, and try anything I haven’t tried before. If you’re a Myers-Briggs buff, you probably know by now that I’m an ENTP.


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