One of the best drinks for getting through late-night study sessions or decompressing after a long day of classes is loose-leaf tea. Although this tea requires special care when brewing, that extra effort will deliver a rewarding experience.

Part of that extra effort involves heating the water until it reaches a specific temperature. From the caffeine-rich yerba maté to the antioxidant-rich green tea, read this guide to the perfect tea temperature.


Green and white tea are light, sweet, and contain a healthy helping of antioxidants with each cup. To consistently deliver that experience, it’s important to brew both green and white tea at lower temperatures compared to other blends. For these two teas, it’s best to wait for your water to hit 170 degrees Fahrenheit before steeping the leaves. Anywhere between 160 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit should be suitable, but 170 tends to be the sweet spot for these teas.

Oolong/Yerba Maté

Yerba maté is a strong, earthy tea that contains a higher amount of caffeine than most blends. Not only will it provide you with an energy boost for late-night study sessions, but it won’t deliver the jitters and caffeine crash that coffee does.

Even if you’re not typically a fan of earthy teas, you can find a diverse selection of yerba maté blends on the market, all of which cater to a variety of flavor preferences. For the optimal experience, wait for the water to reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit before steeping the leaves.

Oolong tea tends to be sweet and light, but like yerba maté, you can find blends in many flavors. To make the most of your oolong, aim for a temperature between 180 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit. 180 is best, but brewing it up to 190 degrees is fine.


Without a guide to the perfect tea temperature, you’d probably assume that every loose-leaf blend should steep in boiling water. However, only black and rooibos teas require particularly hot temperatures.

170 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t exactly cold, but black and rooibos teas require you to heat the water until it reaches around 200 degrees Fahrenheit to deliver the full experience. Although they brew at the same temperature, black and rooibos teas deliver different flavors. Black teas typically have strong, bold flavors while rooibos tends to deliver a sweeter, nuttier taste.