How to Make Tea Properly
When it comes to making the perfect cup of tea, there is a lot of contradictory advice as to the methodology of doing so. However, with the traditional brew being such a staple in so many households and with the rise of innovative new flavors and blends it would be crazy not to know how to make the perfect cup of tea for when guests call around.
There is more to making the perfect cup of tea than just plonking a tea bag in a cup and letting it work its magic; the perfect tea is an art form that can only be made through the use of some of the best teapots on the market, and with high quality and potent tea leaves.
What Is Tea?
Tea is a drink that is made from the ground or crushed leaves of the Camellia Sinensis evergreen shrub, over which hot or even boiling water is poured. This shrub is native to East Asia and comes in many different varieties, and these offer different characteristics; from the slightly bitter leaves of some plants to the sweet and even nutty aroma and flavors of others, there is surely a type of tea to suit every palate and preference.
How To Make Tea
There are two basic methods by which you can make tea, and both of these methods vary in the quality of drink that they produce as a result.
The first method is to use a tea bag, which is arguably the preferred choice nowadays for making a brew. When using a tea bag, you should start by taking a single tea bag and placing it into a single cup. Prepare the water by bringing it to the boil, and then slowly pour the water over the tea bag so that the cup is nearly filled. Stir the tea gently in order to help the tea dissolve and then many people suggest that you should leave the tea for a short period of time to infuse and further develop the flavors.
Most tea bag brands will offer their own guidelines and instructions, based on the specific blend of the tea bag in question. If you are making tea with tea bags then you should always consider following these tea bags’ specific instructions in order to get the best results, as every tea bag is different. You should also tailor your preparation practices in order to ensure that the cup of tea is to your taste; some people prefer tea that is weaker, while others like a cup of tea that has been left to ‘stew’ for a long period of time for the strongest possible tea flavor.
The main thing to remember when making a cup of tea with tea bags is the fact that tea bags are not designed to make a ‘batch’ of tea for sharing, but rather are ideally suited to making individual servings of tea. By contrast, if you are looking to make a consistent cup of tea for a number of guests then you might want to instead consider using tea leaves instead in the best teapot that you can afford to buy.
For the best possible cup of tea, you should always consider using tea leaves instead of ‘cheating’ by using modern tea bags. Tea bags are a great choice for a quick and convenient brew, but the flavor that is produced by a tea bag simply cannot hope to replicate the immense and powerful flavor of tea that is brewed in one of the best teapots on the market.
Making tea with tea leaves is not as simple as making a decent cup of tea from a tea bag. Tea leaves need to be left to be prepared in different ways for the perfect brew and this can often mean that the best way to prepare your tea leaves is to read the unique instructions on the side of the tea leaves’ packaging.
Tea leaves that have not been properly prepared can often have a bitter or otherwise incredibly unpleasant flavor, and tea leaves that have been prepared without a due level of care and attention can lead to bits of tea getting left in the resulting drink—which is never something that anyone wants to find in their otherwise smooth cup of tea!
The amount of tea that you will need to use will vary depending on the quality of the leaves themselves; the product packaging should explain how much tea for you to use. Place the stated amount of tea in a tea strainer and pour over the stated level of boiling water for this level of tea bags.
Choosing The Best Teapot For Your Needs
You should always try to ensure that you use the best teapot for your tea brewing needs; if you are going to go to the additional hassle of making tea with tea leaves then you should probably invest in the best quality teapot that you can afford. There are many different types of teapots available on the market today and these can vary considerably in their efficiency and the quality of drinking tea that they produce.
A stainless steel teapot is the most durable and will hold heat for a longer period of time. This makes them great for people who don’t want and expensive and highly breakable teapot, however, they can also get hot incredibly quickly which can scald your hands.
Porcelain teapots are different in that they are far more traditional and offer a sense of class and luxury to the tea that is produced. Porcelain teapots are safe and easy to handle and produce the finest tasting tea; however, they can also get broken incredibly easily with just the smallest of bumps.
The final option is to consider a ceramic teapot. These teapots are generally the most popular choice for their decent heat retention and wide range of designs, although they are the most easily damaged of the three.
- The Best Way to Brew Tea – HuffPost
- How to Steep a Perfect Cup of Tea Every Single Time – Lifehack