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A good cup of tea is a real treat. If you’re a fan of this fine beverage, you can lift up your tea game by paying just a little more attention to the brewing process.
Whether your chosen brew is green or Earl Grey, we have some tips on how to brew the perfect cuppa.
Bag versus Loose Leaf
Apart from the better taste, loose leaf teas are better for the environment. Loose leaf teas require fewer packing materials to deliver the final product to you and when you return your loose leaf teas to the ground, you create healthier compost in your garden.
The right ratio
Just like coffee, tea is a ratio game: two grams of tea per 150 millilitres of water.
It’s a good rule of thumb for any type of tea but trust your kitchen scale over your eyes as some of teas, like white and green, are lighter than others.
It’s important to pre-warm your pot and cup before popping your infuser in to get the aroma of the tea out quicker.
Room to move
A roomy infuser is a must, it helps the leaf teas to unfurl, flow freely and properly infuse.
Too hot or too cold
Paying attention to the water temperature allows you to get the most flavour from your tea.
Green teas do best at around 60 degrees. Whites and yellows are better at lower temperatures, anywhere from 60-80 degrees. Darker teas, like black teas and darker oolongs, work best in water around 100 degrees.
How long to brew?
Milk in first or last
It’s one of the most hotly debated of all the tea-related enigmas. Milk should be added after the tea so you can properly gauge how much you need to balance the strength of the brew.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that make your heart sing. Create your own ritual of tea drinking and make it special. Put the kettle on and warm the ‘special’ novelty mug.