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The Simple Ingredient Adjustment For More Delicious Tea
By Camryn Teder
The quality of leaves is essential to a great cup of tea, but the type of water you use to steep them in is equally important.
While using the leftover liquid in your kettle is tempting, it can make your tea taste dull and flat. Fresh water extracts flavor from the leaves better.
Leaves need oxygen to properly release their flavor; boiling cold, filtered, and freshly drawn water will make the ultimate pot of tea.
Using a thermometer is recommended because different teas require varied temperatures. Overheated water will lead to further loss of oxygen.
Typically, black teas will steep best in water at about 212 degrees Fahrenheit, while green tea tastes better at around 175 degrees Fahrenheit.