A DAILY PRACTICE WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Brewing the perfect cup of tea requires more than just tossing a tea bag into a cup of hot water. It requires careful consideration of several factors, including the type of tea, the water temperature, the steeping time, and the quality of the water. In this blog, we will explore the steps required to brew the perfect cup of tea.
Step 1: Choose the Right Type of Tea
There are many different types of tea, each with its unique flavor profile and brewing requirements. The most common types of tea include black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and herbal tea. Black tea is robust and full-bodied, while green tea is light and delicate. Oolong tea is somewhere in between, and herbal teas are often caffeine-free and made from a variety of plant sources. Choose a tea that suits your taste preferences and follow the recommended brewing guidelines for that specific type. If you would like to move outside your comfort zone towards some therapeutic organic herbal teas, we recommend starting with the Jivana Heal Tea, a beautiful zesty blend of healing and detoxifying herbs or the Embrace Beauty & Anti-aging tea, a sweet blend of Chamomile, Blue pea, Rose, Gotu kola and vanilla for improving skin integrity and tone.
Step 2: Use High-Quality Water
The quality of the water you use can significantly affect the taste of your tea. Avoid using tap water, which may contain impurities that can affect the flavor. Instead, use high-quality bottled water or filter your tap water before using it to make tea.
Step 3: Heat the Water to the Right Temperature
Different types of tea require different water temperatures for optimal brewing. Black tea should be brewed with water that has been heated to a rolling boil (100°C or 212°F), while green tea and oolong tea require slightly cooler water, around 75-85°C (165-185°F). Herbal teas can be brewed with boiling water, but it’s best to check the recommended brewing temperature for the specific blend.
See our recommendations of electric kettles to assist you with choosing the perfect temperature of water for your tea. Here’s our favourite electric kettle in White.
Step 4: Measure the Tea Leaves
The amount of tea leaves you use can affect the strength and flavor of your tea. A general rule of thumb is to use one teaspoon of loose tea leaves or one tea bag per cup of water. However, you may need to adjust the amount based on your personal taste preferences.
We generally use 1tbsp per large pot of tea that we share amongst 3-4 cups.
Step 5: Steep the Tea
The length of time you steep your tea will depend on the type of tea you are brewing and your personal taste preferences. In general, black tea should be steeped for 3-5 minutes, while green tea and oolong tea require 1-3 minutes. Herbal teas can be steeped for longer, around 5-10 minutes. Avoid oversteeping your tea, as this can lead to a bitter taste.
Step 6: Strain and Serve
Once your tea has steeped for the appropriate amount of time, strain the tea leaves or remove the tea bag and pour the tea into your cup. You can add honey, milk, or lemon to your tea, depending on your taste preferences.
In conclusion, brewing the perfect cup of tea requires attention to detail and a willingness to experiment with different brewing methods. By following these steps, you can ensure that your tea is flavorful, aromatic, and satisfying. So the next time you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea, take the time to brew it properly and savor every sip.