Need help making a perfect cup of tea? Here are some fool-proof steps that will indeed produce the desired effect every time.
1. Fresh Cold Water
For making tea, start by filling a teapot or kettle with cold water and allowing it to come to a boil. Tap water is not the best choice for many reasons, such as chlorine and fluoride, so filtered water is the ideal solution. Water that is too hot can cause your tea leaves to burn and thus ruin your brew. Also, if you start with cold water and then heat it, the temperature difference will help you control the strength of your tea.
2. Don’t overheat your tea leaves
Next, never boil your teabag! Boiling will introduce unneeded chemicals into your brew. Heat or cold? It turns out that there is no definite standard when it comes to brewing temperature. Some like it hot (around 180 degrees Fahrenheit), while others argue that cooler water (up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit) releases better flavors.
3. Brew your tea for 3 minutes
After you fill your teapot, allow the water to come to a boil before pouring it over the tea leaves. Next, let your tea steep for three minutes. Steeping longer than three minutes may cause bitterness in your tea, while steeping too short of a time may leave behind an unpleasant taste or aroma in the brew.
4. Make your tea with one teaspoon of tea leaves, two tablespoons of hot water, and four teaspoons of ice cubes
Pour the hot water over the leafy material. If you are using loose leaf teas, use one teaspoon of tea leaves. Next, stir the leaves every 5-10 seconds with a spoon or finger until all the liquid is gone. Then add another cup of cool boiled water to fill up about two-thirds of your teapot. Lastly, stir the ice cubes into the brew to chill it down for serving. This last step is optional but recommended if you are using iced tea or iced coffee at home.
5. Add sugar or honey to taste
Sweeten your tea according to your taste. If you use one teaspoon of sugar or honey for every cup, that will give you an equivalent amount of natural sweetness in each cup. Use half-boiled water and half room temperature water to dilute the sugar. Just put it in the bottom of the teapot before adding the water, and mix it thoroughly.
6. Remove teapot from the user before it cools too much (pre-heating is good)
Steeping tea is all about letting it sit for as long as it doesn’t burn its leaves. But don’t forget to remove your teapot from the stovetop right away after brewing to avoid over-steeping.
7. Add milk only after brewing is complete
Please wait until the brew has completely cooled before adding milk or cream, or it may curdle and produce a less delicious result. Also, make sure you wait until serving time and never add milk and sugar to your tea in the same process; this will also ruin the taste of your perfect cup of tea.
Sit back and enjoy your hot cup of tea in front of a fire or under a shade tree on a beautiful day. The benefits of drinking good quality tea are many, from aiding digestion to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, weight gain, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
If you are a tea lover so there you have it. That’s how you make the best teacup possible. A perfect tea gives you freshness. If you’ve never done it before, give yourself a treat and make one tonight. You’ll be glad you did.