on Friday, June 15, 2012 10:39:00 PM
One of the biggest objections we still get when attempting to switch
customers from teabags to loose leaf tea is that loose tea is too hard
to brew and too time consuming. One of our goals at our store is to help
explain how easy it can be to brew high quality tea, so here are our
essentials to brewing a great cup of tea.
1. High quality tea: It
is important to start off with high quality tea not only for taste and
health purposes, but also because it is much easier to brew without all
the astringency and bitterness! Make sure that you trust your tea
sources and those who are selling you tea.
2. High quality water:
The second ingredient for good tea is good water! Make sure that you at
least run your water through a filter of some kind and look into getting
water from a reverse osmosis system if you want clean water without
heavy mineralization and strong tastes that will affect your tea.
Space: The third key to brewing great tea is to use a teapot or filter
that gives the leaves lots of room to expand! If the tea leaves are
constrained, then water cannot flow through them correctly and the
leaves cannot get bigger as the water soaks into them.
temperature and time: In our opinion almost all high quality teas (with
very few exceptions) can be brewed with 195-205 degree water (just
under boiling). In addition, high quality tea will be full of flavor so
unless you are looking for a really strong tea, the leaves will not need
to brew for very long, typically we will brew 1-2 minutes for the first
couple of steepings.
5. Amount of tea: This doesn't have to be an
exact science, but typically for leafy teas such as our White Peony
King tea, we use about 1 tbsp of leaves per 8 oz cup and then brew the
leaves 3-4 times. For heavier and denser teas, we use about 1-2
teaspoons per 8 oz cup and steep 3-4 times
These are the
essentials of brewing great tea! Simply follow these steps and you will
be brewing an amazing cup of tea in no time.