Posted by: tasteindulgence | July 15, 2009

How to Brew Your Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing tea is like any great indulgence: it’s all up to you. The basic ingredients—tea and water—are non-negotiable, but the amount of tea, the temperature of water, and the steeping time can all be done to your own discretion. What follows are general guidelines for a great cup of tea. We also include steeping instructions with every purchase. Your own experimentation and unique additions will make the perfect cup for you.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh, cold, non-chlorinated water. If your water is hard, we suggest filtered or bottled spring water. Water needs to be cold in order to retain more oxygen.
  • Your favorite Taste Indulgence tea.
  • (Optional) Milk, cream, and/or a sweetener such as honey, sugar, fruit juice, stevia, etc.
  • For iced tea, you’ll need ice made from fresh, non-chlorinated water (or made from your favorite tea!)

Preparation:

  • Fill the kettle with cold water and turn heat source on.
  • Warm up your teapot and cups by pouring hot water into each, then pouring all water out.
  • Add 1 teaspoon per person of loose leaves to the teapot. You may wish to add an extra teaspoon for the pot itself. Adjust this amount to taste. Using fewer leaves and steeping longer is at least as tasty as using more leaves in a shorter steep time.
  • For best flavor, leaves need room to expand while steeping, so take care not to pack them into a straining device

Water Temperature:

  • Green and white tea leaves will become bitter when steeped in boiling water. Optimal temperature is 150F-170F. Pour the water from kettle into teapot (or cup) and steep for 1-3 minutes, according to taste.
  • Black, herbal, and Oolong tea leaves can take boiling water but we recommend you steep them in water that is just below boiling temperature, between 180F-200F. Pour the near-boiling water from kettle to teapot (or cup) and steep for 3-4 minutes, according to taste.

Finishing Touch:

  • When tea has steeped to perfection, you may wish to strain the leaves but it is ok to leave the leaves in the pot. High-quality leaves may be infused more than once, and they will not grow bitter unless water is too hot, or if left a very long time.
  • Add milk, cream, ice, and/or your favorite sweetener, and indulge!

Speaking of ice, summer’s here and that means iced tea season! Some of our favorite iced tea flavors are Fruit Tease, Sunshine Burst, and Robust Rooibos. What’s yours?

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