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Making the Best Cup of Tea


A cup of tea is majorly composed of water which occupies the largest percentage of 99% hence good water serves as an important factor. Brewing tea therefore should be simple and inexpensive but care must be taken on selecting the best way to make tea since tea comes in various types. However, despite the various types of tea, there is a basic brewing procedure that cuts across the types and this include: First step is boiling the fresh and filtered water to a rolling boil. Second step is steeping which is the most crucial step and if improperly steeped it could lead to more bitterness or tastelessness. The third step is serving and enjoying the drink with or without addition of other flavors. The following are the various brewing steps for the various varieties of tea.


BLACK TEA

making black tea


The standard requirements include: 4 grams of tea; 200ml of water and source of heat.


The best way to brew black tea is as follows:

a) Boil the water in a pot making sure that it does not boil more than once.
b) Pre-heat the tea.
c) After placing the full leaf or the tea bag in a cup, pour the hot water over it. The water should have a temperature of 100 C or 212 F.
d) The crucial step of steeping which takes a period of 3-5 minutes, however, broken-leaf tea takes a shorter time compared to a whole leaf.
e) Serve the tea while hot and enjoy. However, addition of lemon, honey, sugar or milk is optional.


GREEN TEA

making green tea


The standard requirements include: 2 grams of tea; 100ml of water and source of heat.


The best way to make this tea is as follows:

a) Boil the water in a pot making sure that it does not boil more than once.
b) Pre-heat the tea cup to avoid lowering of the steeping temperature.
c) Place a full leaf or a tea bag in the cup or the tea pot.
d) Prior to pouring the hot water which is at 76-85 C or 170-185 F, cool the green tea for 60 seconds.
e) Allow the tea to steep for 2-3 minutes.
f) Serve the tea while hot and addition of sweeteners or milk depends on ones preferences.


MATCHA TEA

making matcha tea


The standard requirements include: 1-2 tea spoonfuls of matcha; Tea bowl; Bamboo whisk and source of heat.


The brewing steps are as follows:

a) Boil the filtered or spring water.
b) Place 1-2 tea spoonfuls of matcha powder in a tea bowl.
c) Pour a few drops of hot water over the powder.
d) Using the bamboo whisk, mix the contents into paste.
e) Pour in more hot water over the paste and stir.
f) Serve the tea while still hot. Addition of other flavors is optional, however, matcha may be bitter.


OOLONG TEA

making oolong tea


The best method to prepare this tea is as follows:

a) Heat the spring water to 85-96 C or 185-205 F. It should be barely simmering, that is, it should not be at a rolling boil.
b) After rinsing with a little hot water, place a loose leaf of oolong tea into the tea pot. Depending on whether the leaves are rolled into balls, wiry strips, broken or whole, the amount used varies.
c) Pour in hot water to the brim.
d) Allow the tea to steep for 4-7 minutes.
e) Serve and enjoy the tea while hot.


WHITE TEA

making white tea


It can be brewed by use of a teapot, tea ball or a tea infuser basket.


The best way to make this tea is as follows:

a) Heat the filtered water to 71 C or 160 F. It should be barely simmering.
b) Add about 2 spoonfuls of white tea leaves into the teapot, tea ball or a tea infuser basket.
c) Pour in the hot water over the tea leaves.
d) Allow the tea to steep for 7-10 minutes.
e) Serve and enjoy the tea while hot, however, addition of sugar or milk is not normally recommended.


HERBAL TEA

making herbal tea


The standard requirements are: Honey; Tea cup; Water; Some herbal tea and a tea strainer.


The best way to make this tea is as follows:

a) Heat to boil the filtered or spring water.
b) Place the herbal tea in the tea strainer.
c) Pour in the hot water over herbs placed in the tea strainer.
d) Allow your tea to steep for 10, 20 or 30 minutes while covering it, depending on whether you are using tea leaves, berries or backs or roots respectively.
e) Serve and enjoy while hot.


PU ERH TEA

making pu erh tea


The standard requirements include: Teapot; Water; Tea and cups.


The best way to prepare this tea is as follows:

a) Heat to boil filtered water to 100 C or 212 F.
b) Break the tea apart and rinse it using boiling water in a teapot.
c) Pour in hot water over the rinsed tea.
d) Steep the tea for 1-3 seconds.
e) Serve and enjoy while hot.


BLOOMING TEA

making blooming tea


The standard requirements are: A blooming tea ball and few cups of water.


The beat way to prepare this tea is as follows:

a) Place the blooming tea ball in a clear teapot.
b) In a separate teapot, heat to boil the filtered water. The temperature should vary depending on whether the tea inside the bowl is green, white or black.
c) Pour in the hot water into the teapot containing the tea ball and wait for 3-5 minutes as the ball unravels into a flower-like blossom.
d) Allow the tea to steep for at least 3 minutes.
e) Serve and enjoy while hot and sweetener of choice is optional.


BENEFITS OF BREWING DIFFERENT TEA IN DIFFERENT WAYS

 

Different types of tea have unique and specific methods of preparation and this is so since certain variable conditions like temperature and time affect the flavor of most tea types. Most tea types requires the use of water that has been heated to boiling only once. This is because if the water boils more than once the tea develops a flat taste due to decreased oxygen levels.


However, not all tea types requires boiled water, for example, white and oolong tea. Some tea types requires pre-heating of the tea cup to ensure that the steeping water does not drop in temperatures but it is not always the case for other tea types, for example, herbal and blooming tea. Tea type such as white tea is served unadulterated since addition of milk or sweeteners drowns out the natural tea flavor.


Different tea types require use of hot water of different temperatures with black and pu erhs tea requiring the highest temperature to enable development of active substances in the teat and white tea requiring the least temperature. Steeping time also varies among the different tea types with oolong teas taking longer than the rest. It also varies based on the use of either a whole or a broken tea leaf.






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