BLACK TEA BLENDS
Generally, black tea is brewed around 210° (boiling) for approximately 3-5 minutes. You can brew most tea blends longer because of their many ingredients.
GREEN TEA BLENDS
Generally, green tea is brewed around 185° for approximately 2-4 minutes. This is because green tea leaves can be more delicate and you don't want to damage them with boiling water. However, you can get away with brewing green tea blends at a higher temperature for a longer amount of time. We generally recommend you boil water, let it come off of a boil for about 1 minute, then steep your green tea blend for 3-5 minutes.
Herbal blends can take a beating. You can use boiling water and steep them for as long as you'd like. Many times, the longer the better. But we recommend 5-7 minutes for the perfect steeping time for your herbal blend.
The quick, traditional way: double your tea (generally 2 tsp tea per 8 oz water), boil water and steep (about 5 minutes for black and green tea, 8 minutes for herbal tea), pour over ice, enjoy!
The longer, "cold brew" way: use the original, hot tea recipe ( 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water), add tea completely loose (no infuser or bag)to COLD water, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, strain and enjoy!
**Cold brewing tea allows for a longer extraction of flavors, however, you will notice that your iced tea is significantly less acidic than when brewed hot. This is great for people who get upset stomachs from the tannins or acids in the tea plant.