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How do you brew tea?

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To brew a cup of tea, bring water to a boil, and pour the water over a teabag inside a tea cup. Allow the tea to brew for a few minutes, depending on the type of tea you are making, and serve it with sugar, cream or milk as desired.

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  1. Choose your tea

    Choose the type of tea you wish to brew, such as black, green, oolong, white, yellow or herbal. If you use tea bags, place one in a teacup. If you are using loose tea, place 1 heaped teaspoon of the loose tea either directly into the tea cup or into any tea diffuser that fits into the cup. For white or green loose leaf tea, use about 1 tablespoon per cup.

  2. Boil the water

    Pour cold spring, filtered or bottled water into a tea kettle. Avoid using tap, distilled or mineral water. Bring the water to a full boil. If you are preparing green, white or yellow tea, bring the water to just below boiling.

  3. Pour the water over the tea

    Pour the hot or boiling water directly over the tea bag or loose tea inside the tea cup. Leave the tea to steep for a few minutes. Black and oolong tea should steep for 3 to 5 minutes, white and yellow tea for 4 to 5 minutes and green tea for 1 to 3 minutes. Herbal tea should steep for 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Serve the tea

    Serve the tea with sugar, milk or cream. If you placed loose leaf tea directly into the tea cup, pour it through a fine mesh strainer and into another tea cup before serving to remove the leaves.

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