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Making the perfect cup of tea

Making the perfect cup of tea

If you're reading this then you probably enjoy a cup of tea, and I'm sure you can manage to just boil some water and throw in a tea bag. BUT if you want to make it a real Tea experience, there are a couple of extra steps you can take.

Tea the proper way

  1. Warm the teapot and teacups.
  2. Use cold filtered water.
  3. Setting the correct water temperature for your tea.
  4. Using 1 heaping teaspoon of tea per cup.
  5. Steeping whole leaf tea or high-quality tea.
  6. Setting the timer to steep the tea for the right amount of time.

Following these steps, you should be able to produce a beautiful cup of tea every time. Now here are the small details you need to know.

There are many ways to make a cup of tea but the easiest is in a teapot. The other methods use country-specific steeping pots or cups like gaiwan (Chinese) or yixing teapot (Chinese), or kyusu (Japanese). Ther techniques and formality vary to using each of these vessels so it’s not as easy to use as a simple teapot.

The water

Use filtered water for tea, or at least, clean, cold water that won’t add any other taste to your tea.

Temperature

Water that has come to a gentle boil is best for black and oolong tea. For green and white tea, go for a lower temperature (simmered water).

Amount of Tea to steep

The general rule of thumb is too steep 1 heaped teaspoon of tea for every cup of water.

If you want to get fancy and use a scale, weigh out 3 grams of tea for each cup.

Best Tea to use

Tea bags are usually not as good as whole or loose leaf tea.

Tea in tea bags are the leftover broken bits, or “tea dust”, collected after whole tea has been processed. That doesn’t sound too appealing, does it?

Good quality tea is a rolled whole tea leaf. As the tea steeps, it will unfurl in the hot water and you should be able to see the entire leaf. Whole, loose leaf tea is the best tea to steep.

Steeping Time

Oversteeping tea leads to a bitter cup. Use the timer on your phone.

Follow the steep time recommendations on the tea package, but roughly it is: black tea usually steeps for 4-5 minutes, green and oolong for 3 minutes, and white tea for 4 minutes.

Once the time is up, your tea is ready to drink. Don’t leave the tea leaves sitting in water since that just makes the tea way too strong and bitter.

If you’re making a big pot of tea, use a tea filter to take out the leaves after the steep time. You can add the filter back in the teapot if you want to steep the tea again in hot water.

We will be writing a blog later on brewing methods for some of the Asian teas so you to start getting experimental.

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