Brewing and steeping the perfect cup of tea may sound as simple as dropping some tea into hot water. However, there are many simple steps you can take to drastically improve both the taste and quality of the tea in your cup.
Brewing and steeping tea is truly an art form. Variables such as water temperature, measurement and time should all be adjusted based on whether it is a Oolong, Black, Green, White or Herbal tea.
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s get started, shall we?
Step 1: Ensure Water Quality
Water is the foundation of a cup of tea, and therefore an essential consideration when trying to brew that perfect cup. Poor water quality severely diminishes the flavor of the tea.
What should you look for when choosing water for your tea?
- PH Neutral
- Few minerals
- No chlorine
Most, if not all of the above issues can be avoided by using bottled or filtered water. Be sure to check the above on your bottled water label prior to choosing for your tea.
Step 2: Boil Water
Now that you know your water requirements, it’s time to fill your kettle.
You should first fill your kettle half full with cold water. Avoid filling it too full or not full enough, as this can damage your kettle.
Next, place your kettle on a burner that is not much larger than your kettles diameter. Using a burner that is too large for your kettle can damage its exterior.
If you are using an electric kettle, switch it on following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Please note that we recommend NOT boiling your tea inside your kettle or teapot. This will leave behind residue from the tea leaves which can be difficult to clean and taint the flavor of other pots of tea.
Now simply bring your water to a rolling boil at 100°C. (NOTE: If you are making Green or White tea, remove the kettle prior to boiling, due to their delicate leaves)
The simplest way to get the perfect temperature for your tea water is to get a whistling tea kettle, and remove the kettle from the burner right when you hear the whistle.
Step 3: Measure Your Tea
Measuring your tea all falls down to personal preference. That is exactly why, we here at Zteep Tea sell loose leaf tea.
Common recommendations are one tea bag or one teaspoon full of loose leaf per 220 ml of water.
It is usually best to follow the measurement instructions on your tea’s label and then modify from there, according to your preference for strong or mild tea.
Step 4: Steeping Time
Following the removal of your kettle from the burner, pour the water into a cup with your tea and let it steep.
Steeping time is of utmost importance.
Most tea will likely have steeping instructions on the label; however, if not, we recommend the following:
Black Tea: 3-5 minutes
Green Tea: 2-3 minutes
White Tea: 2-3 minutes
Oolong Tea: 2-3 minutes
Herbal Tea: 4-6 minutes
Step 5: Stir
Upon steeping, stir the tea to allow its flavor and goodness to infuse into the water. Stir again after 1 minute.
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