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To Re-Steep or Not to Re-Steep

To Re-Steep or Not to Re-Steep

Re-steeping tea is a great way to get more from every tea leaf. In fact, one of the many benefits of drinking loose leaf tea is that it can be re-steeped several times, depending on the type of tea and your taste.

Tea Types

The general rule is that oolong, green, white and black teas can all be re-steeped. Most herbal teas, due to the delicate nature of the ingredients, should not be re-steeped as they don’t hold up very well the second time around.

Re-Steeping Tea

To re-steep your tea, simply save your tea in the tea basket and place it in an empty cup or saucer; when you’re ready to re-steep, place the basket back in your tea pot or cup and re-brew. Note that the steep time and temperature will not vary between the first brew and subsequent brews.

If you do not reuse your tea after six hours or so, it’s best to throw out the steeped tea and start fresh. Many tea drinkers like to keep a pot with them all day long, so it’s not uncommon to get three steeps out of the same basket of tea.

Because there are no hard and fast rules about re-steeping, you should play around with it until you find a steeping/re-steeping combination that suits your taste.Comments (6)

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7/16/2013 5:36:53 PM

What about Mate and Rooibos teas? They are not technically herbal teas, but can they be resteeped? I'm trying a second steep right now with Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate.

7/17/2013 11:46:51 AM

Hi Erin: The ingredients in Mate and Rooibos teas make it more difficult to re-steep. Mate teas are easier to re-steep than Rooibos teas. However, both teas will not hold up as well as the other teas. Cheers!

7/18/2013 9:44:51 PM

On the note of re-steeping Rooibos tea, I got 6 good cups out of one teaspoon of Dosha Chai.

7/22/2013 9:23:01 PM

I have re-steeped chai mate up to 3 times consecutively. Still holds its flavor well.

7/26/2013 9:53:45 AM

Some very high quality Oolongs are actually famous for their ability to have their best cup brewed their second or third time around. The best method of brewing Oolong is using a gaiwan.

9/10/2013 12:03:16 PM

I re-steep MPO at least four times when I drink it. I actually prefer the 2nd & 3rd brews to the first.