3. Learn how to brew the best tea. It’s not hard, but there are variations in time, temperature, and brewing equipment that can make a big difference in the quality of tea.
- Infusion – using just boiled water poured over herbs in a warmed tea pot or tea cup. The herbs are then allowed to steep for 3 to 10 minutes, depending on the herb or your personal taste.
- Decoction – Used more with roots, seeds, and bark which need to be boiled to release their active ingredients. Generally you add the herbs once the water has reached boiling, reduce the heat and simmer in the pan uncovered for about 10 to 20 minutes. This boiling away of the water concentrates the herb’s flavor and potency.