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Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers are a recent fad. Customers often ask me about making tea in their machine. I do not support their use in tea making. Teas require steeping. The chart below is a water temperature and time guide for tea steeping. This chart addresses true teas: white, green, oolong, etc., it does not include herbal teas. For herbal teas, light leafy herbs require more tea and less steep time, roots and seeds require less herb and more steep time. The chart also tells how many times you can infuse (reuse) the same tea. Note that when brewing a caffeinated tea you will get most of the caffeine from your tea in the first cup (up to 80%); each time you re-steep, you will have less and less caffeine.
This chart came from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia; it is a great reference tool. This link will take you to their post on tea.
Here are some general guidelines for tea making:
How much loose tea per cup? My recommendation is 1 tsp. per 8-10 ounce cup. For finely cut black, green and oolong teas a light teaspoon. For leafy herbal teas such as dandelion leaf or lemongrass a heavy teaspoon.
How long to steep a cup of tea? The general rule is 3 to 5 minutes. For black, green and oolong teas stay on the 3 minute side. The leafy herbal teas need to steep longer so go for the whole 5 minutes. Roots, seeds and barks need time to soften to release their flavor and health benefits, so again, 5 minutes or more.
Remember everyone likes their tea different. If you like your teas light then try adding less tea and/or steeping for less time. While some people believe steeping to long makes the drink bitter others like a good strong cup of tea, which might mean a little more tea and a little longer steep time.