Tea brewing temperatures

To get a great cup of tea, it’s important to know the tea brewing temperatures. Each type of tea requires a different temperature to brew it properly. If it’s too hot – you’ll scorch the leaves. Too cold and you won’t get their full potential.

Use the chart below to find the right brewing temperature for your type of tea.

Tea Brewing Temperatures

Temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit. Feel free to print or share.


A dark tea, such as a Black or Herbal tea, can withstand high temperatures. A lighter white or green tea is more delicate and will be damaged by higher temperatures. This is a result of how the tea was originally made. The more oxidized the tea is, the more tolerant to heat it becomes. Green tea is only lightly oxidized so it can’t withstand the high temperatures that Black tea can.

If you’ve ever had a green tea that left a bitter taste in your mouth, it was probably steeped in overly hot water. Green tea performs at its best at a tea brewing temperature of 175°F. Anything over that will damage the leaves and affect their flavor.

Similarly, using overly cool water will result in a weak brew and nutrients will be left in the leaf. This is most likely to happen with black or herbal teas. A successful brew gets all the flavor and nutrients out of the tea and into your cup.

So how do I get my water to that temperature? Turns out it’s not as hard as you’d think. Read our guide on tea water temperature for a quick, easy way to do it.

Best of luck getting your water temperature just right. As always, feel free to send us a note with any questions you may have. Enjoy the tea!