Tea Brewing Made Easy
Did you know that black, green and herbal teas all have different optimum water temperatures and brew times? Here are some quick tips on how to brew each type for a perfect cup every time. Truth is, doesn’t really matter when you sip your tea, or if you add milk or sweetener—what matters is brewing it right.
Whatever your go-to tea, always use filtered, cold water. Spring or purified water is best since hard or distilled water can alter the taste. Also consider steep times for tea- whatever your preferred tea blend. Steeping tea for longer times can result in fuller flavor, while shorter times lend a weaker taste. Remember: over or under-steeping tea can ruin it, it’s a delicate process!
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Better Tea Brewing For Your Favorite Flavors
Sipping Light with Green Tea
Green teas, rich in antioxidants, have a more natural taste that tends toward grassy, nutty or bittersweet. Typically, these teas have low levels of caffeine, although there are many different varieties. Matcha, Sencha, and Genmaicha are all common varieties .
When brewing green tea, bring water almost to a full boil, just when the water starts to bubble (temperature should be around 175°F). Steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Most true tea enthusiasts prefer whole loose-leaf tea over tea bags, though personal preference varies wildly of course.
Black Tea For Bold Tastes
Black teas like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Masala Chai are typically bold, strong and tend to be higher in caffeine. When brewing black tea, bring water to a roaring boil (temperature should be 212°F) and steep for 3 to 6 minutes. Such intense flavors take a longer time to permeate, but the end result is well worth it! Black tea is often a choice for the morning, in place of coffee.
Spice Up Your Life With Herbal Tea
Herbal teas, which are usually caffeine-free, are made from herbs, fruits, seeds or roots. Popular varieties include ginseng, ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, mint, and chamomile. For herbal tea, bring water to a full boil (temperature should be 212°F) and brew for 8 to 10 minutes. This allows the fragrant and flavorful herbs and spices to infuse your mug with calming and refreshing essences.
Now what? Put on the kettle, grab your favorite mug and prepare for a delicious cuppa.