verb gerund or present participle: steeping
1. soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavor or to soften it.
American Oxford Dictionary
Different teas require different steeping times because of their ingredients and/or their processing. I was not a fan of green tea until I learned that it should be steeped with cooler than boiling water and only for 2-3 minutes. Steeping it for too long in boiling hot water releases more tannins which leaves are odd texture and taste; my West Indian family would say, “It tie up yuh mouth”.
You could also cold steep tea, which gives the green tea an even smoother taste and texture with even less tannins. More on that in a later post.
Here is a handy reference chart from Steeped Tea. One pretty cool feature is that almost all of this information can be found on the back of every bag of Steeped tea so it’s always handy.
I hope this handy chart helps you have a better tea experience. Do you see anything different (like I did with my green tea) that you’re going to incorporate?