Tea Basics

How Do I get Started?

The water that you use to steep your tea is just as important as the tea itself. Start with fresh cold water from the tap, not hot water or water that has been previously boiled. Cold water contains oxygen needed for flavor extraction. Hot water from the tap may pick up minerals and scale from your hot water heater which will negatively impact the taste of tea.  Previously boiled water has already lost oxygen and will continue to lose oxygen every time it is reheated. If your tap water does not taste good, try filtering or use bottled water, because any unpleasant taste in your water will come through in the tea.

Click on the topics below to learn more about tea.

What is Tea

Other Teas and Tisanes

How to Brew Tea

Loose Tea versus Tea Bags

Health Benefits of Tea