Brewing Loose Leaf Tea : Tea Brewing Supplies & Tools

Brewing Loose Leaf Tea : Tea Brewing Supplies & Tools


In this clip, we’re going to talk about, in
general, what it takes to make the perfect cup of tea. There are four elements that it
takes to make a good cup of tea. It’s not complicated, but if you bring these things
together, you’ll have a, a very enjoyable experience. Of course, the first thing that
you need to make a perfect cup of tea is water. The waters got to be of good quality. It has
to taste good. You want to make sure that you’re not using distilled water, as the minerals
are needed to make the tea taste bright. But you do want to make sure that the water does
taste good. It can come from a filtered source in your home or your fridge or what, where
ever. It could come out of a bottle, if that’s how you like to drink it, or out of a water
cooler. But, it must taste good. The next most important thing is going to be the tea
itself. You want to make sure you have good quality tea. Good quality tea will result
in a good quality cup of tea. And you want to make sure that you use the right amount
of tea. We recommend using one teaspoon for every six ounces of water, for most teas.
The next thing you want to keep, keep in mind as you make your cup of tea, is the temperature
of that water. Now, this is most important when you’re making white teas and green teas.
Those, those teas require the water be slightly cooler than the boiling point, around one
hundred and seventy-five degrees. So, make sure that your water temperature is at the
right point. If you don’t have your laser digital thermometer handy, or perhaps the
batteries are dead, you could just bring your water to a boil on the stove, and then take
it off the heat and let it sit for about thirty to forty-five seconds and the water should
be at the right temperature. Experiment and you’ll get it right. Finally, is time. You
want to make sure that you steep your tea. And, by steeping it, I mean the tea is exposed
to the hot water for a set amount of time. This varies with tea. Green teas want to be
steeped for about two minutes; black teas want to go three to five minutes. So, you
want to make sure that you do pay attention to the time, because if you go over the amount
of time, you’re going to have a bitter tasting brew. So, all these things come together,
the water, the tea, the time, the temperature, and that will produce, every time, the perfect
cup.

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