A steaming hot cup of tea is a wonderful thing. It can relax you, warm you… and if done properly, can be an amazing cup of goodness. But there are a few factors that go into, so I am going to tell you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It doesn’t just happen, you do have to put in some effort.
Trust the source. In otherwords, use teas only from brands, companies and places that you trust, so that you know what you are getting is high quality tea leaves. There are plenty of companies out there that are just looking to make a buck and capitalizing on the tea fad, which has been going strong for years.
Use good water. The best water to use is actually what comes out of your tap IF you use that on a regular basis for other things. The reason is, you already trust the taste and you obviously like it, or you wouldn’t drink it. If you are used to drinking bottled water, look for a non-carbonated water in gallons that you can purchase that has practically no taste. This will bring out the purest, stongest tea flavor. Always, always boil the water to make black tea. If your tap water has a high chlorine content (you can usually taste this in the water), be sure and boil the water for at least 3 minutes to basically boil the chlorine out. But don’t go much longer than that, because you don’t want to overboil the
Use a good tea pot, and tea infuser set. To get your teapot ready to use, rinse it out with hot tap water to warm it ahead of time. This means your boiling water won’t lose temperature quickly and allows for a greater steep. Tea tastes better brewed strong, so don’t be afraid to use a little extra tea.If you are looking for a great tea infuser set, I highly recommend Chefast Loose Leaf Tea Infuser. I received mine as a review item for free, but after testing out several different types, styles and brands, this is by far my favorite set. This premium set comes with all you need to make a great cup (or kettle) of tea! The set includes three tea infusers in graduated sizes. The largest of the three would work well in a tea kettle. The smaller two fit in different sized mugs, including a travel mug.
They clean easily, are simple to use and fill, and are light weight, but heavy enough to cause no problems hanging in the liquid. It also comes with a spoon to use for measuring and scooping the tea, and the spoon also works as a bag clip for your loose leaf tea package.
Flavor Your Tea. Use sugar, honey, flavor syrup, candied sugar or any sweetener you enjoy to taste and serve with cream, milk or lemon. You can create a lot of different flavors.
Steep Your Tea. Do not just dunk your infusers a few minutes and go. Tea needs to steep, which means allowing it to sit in the hot water, and how long is determined by how strong you like it. A really good average time, is about 4 minutes, however this changes with your own personal taste and also with the tea itself. Play around until you get it where you want it, but as a good rule of thumb, 4 minutes. Do not let tea steep more than 5 minutes or often you will wind up with a very bitter, undrinkable cup of tea. Not fun.
Storage is key. Where and how you store your tea is going to affect that tea. A cool and dry place is the most important part. Store in a tightly sealed container. You don’t want to aroma and flavors to escape and you definitely want to keep flavored teas away from unfalvored teas. In fact, all teas that are different should be stored separately. I use empty, cleaned out old candle jars to store my tea. They are perfect for this, and look pretty sitting on my counter. If you’re artistic, you can paint the jars.
So there you have it, how to make the perfect cup of tea. Do you have any pointers or tricks?