Getting the Most out of Tea Drift

By Armando Cortes, Staff Writer

We’ve talked about the different kinds of teas and how long they should be steeped for, but the big question that we’re all afraid to ask, is whether or not you’re allowed to re-steep your tea. The short answer is yes; but be wary because some types of teas don’t re-steep well.  Re-steeping your tea is one of the many benefits that you get from using loose leafed tea instead of bagged tea, and is a great way to get the most out of your tea as well.

Which teas can be re-steeped?

As a rule of thumb for anything that may have to do with steeping and preparing tea, you should always experiment and find what works best for you in terms of flavor.  Black teas, green teas, oolong teas, and white teas all do well when re-steeped, however keep in mind that the quality of the tea leaves will determine how much flavor is kept after the first steep which is why we never recommend re-steeping store-bought bagged tea.  

Herbal teas like chamomile tea, teas that contain pieces of fruit, and both rooibos and mate tea don’t hold up well after a second steeping.

How do I re-steep my tea?

Re-steeping tea isn’t rocket science. The steeping time and temperature at which you re-steep your teas should not vary from the first time around. It’s important to remember at what temperatures and for how long each type of tea steeps best at.  To re-steep your tea, simply save your once-steeped tea somewhere until you’re ready for a second brew. There’s no need to dry out the tea leaves once brewed or to place them in the fridge, however we do recommend that tea leaves be thrown out after 6 hours because they can begin to produce fungus and other unwanted bacteria because of the moisture.

Re-steeping is completely subjective and there are no hard rules for it, so don’t be afraid to try re-steeping your favorite tea leaves as many times as you want and experimenting until you figure out what suits your taste best.

If you forget to re-steep tea leaves that you’ve saved, there are tons of different things that you can do with your used tea leaves. Check out some of our other blog posts to learn more!

Armando Cortes
Armando Cortes


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