Here’s a few pointers if you’re newer to this whole tea thing- tea experts, you can just move along, you know what you're doing.
In general, loose leaf tea is of a higher quality than the bagged variety, as the leaves are able to float freely in the water, dispersing the infusion more evenly throughout the water. Different types teas require different temperatures to taste their best, but in general, follow these guidelines and you’ll be ok. Boil water (naturally, filtered is optimal) and add either one tea bag to or 1-2 tablespoons of loose tea to filter or tea infuser.
Green: Not quite boiling, steep for 2-4 minutes
Black: Boiling, steep for 3-5 minutes
Oolong: Boiling, Steep for 5-7 minutes
White Tea: Like green tea, water should be almost boiling, but not quite. Steep for 2-3 minutes.
Matcha is a bit of a different animal, it's a ground powder, so it mixes more like an instant drink mix than a tea, though sometimes it gets a little clumpy. Traditionally made using a bamboo whisk, you can sub in a spoon or fork if you don’t have any ceremonial accoutrement on hand.
Step 1- Add about 1 – 1 ½ tsp of matcha powder to a mug.
Step 2- Add a little bit of hot, but not boiling water and stir vigorously (if using a whisk, make “W” shaped motions)
Step 3- Add remainder of water and stir.