Happy New Year my dear tea lovers! I thought I would start your new year off the right way and share my 5 top tea tips. 🌿🫖
1. Loose Leaf Tea
It s true, preparing loose leaf tea does require a bit more effort than throwing a tea bag in a cup. But the results are of so worth it!
Using loose leaf tea will always give a full-flavoured cup, while keeping the health properties of the tea intact. And you can use the steeping time to pause, breathe and reconnect.
Water makes up 99% or more of a cup of tea. It has a great impact on the taste and aroma and yet it is often an ingredient that is overlooked.
Different teas require different steeping temperatures. Black teas are totally oxidised. This makes them very robust, and so are able to withstand boiling water.
However, if you pour water that hot on white or green tea, it scalds it. The tannins leech out of the leaves very rapidly and your cup of delicate tea flavours are overpowered by the bitterness of the tannins.
So what temperature should your water be for the more delicate leaves? Generally somewhere between 70 and 80 degrees is appropriate. That way you won't scald the leaves and you'll get the flavours without too much of the bitterness.
The recommended steeping times are:
3 mins for a light brew
4 mins for medium
5 mins for a strong cuppa.
To get the strongest cup of tea possible, you need to add more leaves at the beginning of the process. Leaving the leaves to steep longer than the recommended time will just leave you with bitter tasting tea, due to the release of tannins. This is especially the case if you are using a black loose leaf blend.
5. Never reboil.
Happy steeping! Let's make 2023 your year to make the best cuppa every time.