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Is it possible to oversteep tea?


The directions on the back of the tea bag states that the tea should be steeped for 3-5 minutes. What happens if the tea is steeped for, say, 10 minutes or more?

 

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 4 years ago

    Thank you thecoffeewrite. That does answer my question quite well. I was wondering if steeping too long would make the tea bitter or something. It's nice to know that it won't.

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    Lee Tea 4 years ago

    Be aware water temp also plays a factor. Tender parts of the plant (teas made from flowers, buds, leaves, and stems) should be steeped after the water reaches 1st boil (small, continuous bubbles), while tougher teas like roots should be steeped after


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 4 years ago

    Thank you Angel Chen. This is excellent advice about brewing times.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 4 years ago

    Thank you for your response. +3 is an added benefit on any occasion - whether the tea was consumed or not. I have never even thought of that until now.