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Tea Time

Updated: Nov 3, 2020




Text by Gerald Soria

Photos by Shaina-Marie Iloreta


Green Tea

Water Temperature: 160-180 Degrees Fahrenheit (71-82 Degrees Celsius)

Recommended Steep Time: 1-3 minutes

Ratio: 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water


Originating in China dating as far as 2737 B.C, this popular drink is well known for its naturally calming effects. While plain green tea is considered bittersweet, it’s mild flavor allows for many different options as to what you can add to make it suit to your taste.


Popular Flavorings and Additives for Green Tea:

  • Crushed Mint (Peppermint)

  • Sliced Lemon or Lime

  • Honey

  • Rosemary

  • Ginger


Oolong Tea

Water Temperature: 185-205 Degrees Fahrenheit (85-95 Degrees Celsius)

Recommended Steep Time: 1-5 minutes

A short brew time gives lighter flavor, similar to green tea. While a longer steep gives a stronger flavor, similar to black tea.

Ratio: 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water


This tea is known to have a wide range of flavors due to how it is made. While green tea is not oxidized and black teas have been fully oxidized, oolong teas have only been partially oxidized, thus giving its varied and unique flavors.

Oolong Tea Variety

Green: Jade or Emerald in color this variety will look rolled or twisted, its flavor mild and floral.

Dark: Moderately oxidized, this variety is known to be long, dark and twisted, the flavor akin to a mildly roasted taste.





Black Tea

Water Temperature: 190-215 Degrees Fahrenheit (87-101 Degrees Celsius)

Recommended Steep Time: 3-5 Minutes

Ratio: 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water





Black Tea is generally the strongest tasting due to their oxidation. A bitter drink on its own, this it is popular due to the strong flavor and aroma.

Popular varieties and flavors of black teas

  • Chai

  • Earl Gray

  • Darjeeling

  • Assam

  • English Breakfast

Recently, black tea has been used commonly in a popular drink known as boba tea.


Simple Milk Tea Recipe Using Black Tea

  • 3 grams of Black Tea (Chai or Spiced for more flavors)

  • 8 ounces of water at 200 Degrees Fahrenheit (93 Degrees Celsius)

  • 2 tablespoon of Condensed Milk


  1. Steep your black tea in water for 6 minutes

  2. Stir 2 tablespoons of Condensed Milk, add more if needed

  3. Let it sit until cool enough to drink

  4. Optional: Add Ice to make a cool, refreshing drink


Herbal Tea

Water Temperature: 200-220 Degrees Fahrenheit (93-104 Degrees Celsius)

Recommended Steep Time: 5+ minutes

Ratio: 2 grams of tea for ever 6 ounces of water


A more varied tea category, Herbal or tisanes are prepared from spices, fruits, herbs, and other plant materials. Tisanes as a variety are mostly defined by its concoctions of different flavors and colors. Hibiscus, Peppermint, Citrus Peels, Lavender, etc. are commonly used in herbal tea mixtures.


Popular Herbal Tea Mixtures

  • Lavender, Spearmint, Rosemary

  • Hibiscus, Cranberry, Blueberry, Jasmine Tea

  • Ginger, Cinnamon, Apple, Coconut

  • Lemon Grass, Green Tea

  • Sage, Rosemary, Basil

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue.

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