All true Tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The processing that is performed after the leaves are picked determines what general type of tea is made.
Far more goes into what makes specific tea’s unique within each subset, however the below chart will give you a general overview of the process involved in taking tea from leaf to cup.
Below is a quick reference guide for brewing different types of tea.
This is unfortunately very general at the moment. I will expand this to include more detailed information, as well as traditional and common practices for specific teas.
Use boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes
160-180 degree water for Japanese teas and brew for 2-4 minutes
180-190 degree water for Chinese teas and brew for 2-4 minutes
180 degree water for 3-5 minutes
180-190 degree water and steep 1-2 min up to 4-5 min for progressive infusions
190 degree water and steep for consecutive infusions ranging from 30 sec to 4 min
Boiling water for 3-5 minutes