Reasons NOT to cold brew herbal tea
(and what to do instead)
What is herbal tea?
Herbal tea is
infusion that isn’t real tea
Comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis.
Examples: green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong, pu-eh…
Any other types, like chamomile tea, rooibos, sage, hibiscus…
Most herbal teas can release their flavor better when steeped in hot water.
Cold brewing is great for real tea because it avoids oversteeping. But most herbal tea can steep longer without getting bitter.
Herbal tea doesn’t undergo any heat treatment (real tea does), so it may harbor pathogens that only get deactivated with hot water.
What to do instead of cold steeping herbal tea:
Steep for: -around 10 minutes -use hot
water at a rolling boil
Trick to prepare iced tea quickly:
Steep in a little amount of hot water
After steeping time is over, add cold water
Optionally serve over ice and enjoy cold!