How To Brew Tea
Drinking tea is a daily ritual for many people around the world and while it may seem like a simple task, in fact, there are a few important steps to ensure you get the best cup of tea possible. Here, we will detail how to brew the perfect cup of tea and share some tips and tricks to get the most from your favourite blend.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you can begin, you’ll need to gather your supplies. To brew tea, you will need:
- Tea of your choice
- Hot water
- Tea filter or strainer
- A cup or mug
Choose the Right Temperature and Time
Each type of tea requires different temperatures and steeping times. Generally, black and herbal teas should be brewed with boiling water straight from the kettle, while green and white teas should be brewed at a slightly lower temperature of around 70-80°C. The steeping time can vary depending on the type of tea and your own personal taste, so some experimentation is needed.
Infuse the Tea
Put your tea in the tea filter or strainer and slowly pour enough hot water to fill your cup. Place the lid on the filter to hold the leaves in place and let the tea steep for the desired amount of time. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the lid and filter and discard the leaves.
Add Milk and Sweetener (optional)
For a creamier cup of tea, you can add milk, cream or a non-dairy alternative such as almond or coconut milk. If you prefer your cup on the sweeter side, you can add your desired choice of sweetener.
Enjoy Your Tea
Your cup of tea is now ready for you to sip and savour! Following these steps will help ensure that you get the best cup of tea possible.
Tips and Tricks
- Reuse Tea Leaves: To make the most of your tea leaves, let them steep for 3-4 minutes, discard the water and then use new hot water to steep your tea again. This can be repeated 2-3 times.
- Keep it Clean: Be sure to use clean utensils and containers for the best flavour.
- Choose Your Tea Wisely: The right tea can depend on the mood and occasion, so take some time to explore the different types of tea and find the ones you enjoy.
Brewing the perfect cup of tea requires practice and experimentation, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With the right supplies and a bit of patience, you can master the art of tea brewing and enjoy great-tasting tea every time.