People in my family always wait until the water in the teapot is exactly boiling and only then make a tea. Is boiling water necessary or, say, 80℃ is perfectly OK to make a good tea?
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Just like choosing the amount of tea you use for a pot or the time you leave it brewing, it depends on your own taste. But boiling water is generally considered too hot for some types of tea. Eg green tea is usually brewn between 70 and 80 °C, because it will have a more bitter taste if you use a hotter temperature. See eg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea#Steeping