|How to Brew a Deliciously Perfect Pot of Tea
• First decide on how many cups you would like to make. The following instructions can be adapted to just one cup of tea.
• For each cup, measure 1 teaspoon loose tea per six ounces of water. Place the leaves in a t~sac or infuser. Be sure not to pack the leaves too tightly as they absorb the water while brewing and need room to expand to reach their full flavor potential. Use bottled or filtered water if your water is treated with chlorine. Chlorinated water can taint the taste of your tea. Do not use distilled water as the tea will taste flat due to the lack of minerals.
• While you are waiting for the water in your tea kettle to come to a boil, use heated water or hot tap water to warm your pot. Put hot water in your teapot and cover it. Let sit. This will insure a better tasting tea because it prevents the water from cooling too quickly while brewing. The ultimate temperature of the water depends on the type of tea you have selected. Water that has been brought to a rolling boil (212) is best for black, herbal and rooibos tea and should be brewed for 3-5 minutes. For oolongs the water just reaching the boiling point (190) is best. Brewing time is also 3-5 minutes. For white and green teas boiled water that has been allowed to cool for a few minutes (180) is best. Brewing time is 1-3 minutes. These are all approximate. Don’t worry about these too much especially if you have joust started enjoying tea. Experiment a little and see what is best for you.
• Discard the water that has been warming your pot. Place the pre-measured tea in the teapot and pour the boiling water over the leaves. Allow it to steep the designated time. Please use a timer, do not guess. However, brewing time is a matter of personal preference. As with water temperature, experiment a little and see what works best for you. If you like your tea stronger, add more tea leaves. Do not brew longer as the longer the tea brews the more bitter it becomes. The exception to this is iced tea. Because the tea will become diluted with ice, it is best to brew it 1-2 minutes longer. If your tea is too strong, add a little hot water.
• When your tea has finished brewing, remove the leaves. Pour into your cup, straining if necessary and cover your teapot with tea cozy or place on tea warmer. Sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.