It’s a Brewtiful Day
If you are a tea lover or if you are developing your tastebuds for the subtle flavours of tea without adding any external additives or a tea connoiseur looking for the gourmet tea experience, you must know how to prepare a perfect cup of the brew. For tea intellectual it goes unsaid, but it is still worth mentioning for uniniated and the naïve, in order to truly experience the taste of tea one must brew loose tea leaves. Tea bags are convenient no doubt, but convenience and reward seldom travel in the same boat. It is only when one can learn to estimate the right amount of tea leaves required to be steeped for just the right amount of time, that they are rewarded with the perfect pot of the most soul purifying pot of the brew. You see, making a perfect cup of tea is not just brewing a drink, it is an art gradually perfected over the period of time. Often the first thing taken in the morning is said to decide the course of the rest of the day. Under such circumstances,
It is advisable to start the day with a cup of freshly brewed tea to relish the calming and soothing effects it has on the mind and body. So to summarize, it can be agreed that knowing how to brew the perfect cup of tea is the secret to starting the day on a positive note.
The benefits are endless, and enhance your abilities to benefit from its wonderful qualities from your future tea drinking sessions after learning how to brew the perfect cup of tea.
The Art of Brewing a Perfect Cup of Tea
The key ingredients for brewing the perfect cup of tea are water, time, temperature, amount and equipment. Believe it or not choosing the right equipment can profoundly heighten your tea drinking experience.
Water although may not sound as critical an ingredient to a nice hot cup of tea, but surprisingly enough the texture and taste of the water used in stirring a brew, plays an important part in the deciding the final outcome. It is always advisable and recommended to use fresh spring water or cool mineral water for preparing tea, as contaminated water can alter the taste of the final brew and the total tea experience for the worse.
The next most important aspect to brewing a perfect cup of tea is measurement of the quantity of ingredients to be used. Using the correct amount of tea leaves at water pre heated to boiling and then steeping the brew for exactly the right amount of time can magically transform a cup of tea into a luxury experience revealing the true colour of the leaves and an intoxicating bold aroma that arises to surround the air all around. The native taste of the tannins and catechins present in the tea leaves infuses into the water slowly and without any restrictions when steeped for the right amount of time and gives the resulting brew a decadent flavor which lingers among the taste buds even after finishing the cup of tea.
Using more tea leaves than required can leave a bitter taste in the resulting brew whereas using lesser than the stipulated or optimum amount can rob your tea of its prized flavor and aroma. The general rule is adding a teaspoon of tea leaves for every eight ounce cup. However one can develop their own measurements for critical ingredients by trial and error depending on how strong they like their cup of tea.
Amongst the many factors that influence the taste and aroma of a delicious cup of tea, temperature plays a very significant role. To be precise, it is actually regulation and control of temperature that influences the colour and taste of your brew. Prompt and controlled temperature leads to a chain reaction of events resulting in an enjoyable tea experience. Right from setting the water at the right temperature for bringing it to boil to allowing the tea leaves to simmer in the water just enough for it to impart its taste and colour to the brew, controlling temperature plays a vital role to brewing a cup of tea worth relishing for its taste and admiring for its appearance and aroma. Finally the tea cup preferably made of china glass or porcelain needs to be pre heated so that the tea remains warm for a longer period of time while it is enjoyed slowly, sip by sip. However if you are one who is not a great fan of pre heating the teacup, let the tea steep two or three degrees past its ideal temperature before the tea is served. This way the cold cup will absorb the extra warmth and neutralize the effect.
Finally arriving to the most important part in the preparation of tea, the steeping time or in plain words, the amount of time that the tea leaves are allowed to simmer in boiling water. As a thumb rule, black teas are recommended to be steeped for a longer period of time than green tea. While steeping time for the former is between 3 to 5 minutes, for the latter it is usually 1-2 minutes. While any tea kettle generally serves the purpose of steeping tea, for the tea savant looking forward to imbibe the complete tea experience, a glass tea kettle is recommended for this purpose. There two main reasons for administering the same over the cheaper ones readily available in the market. A glass tea kettle is an aesthetic addition to a gourmet tea collection and always adds a hint of sophistication to a tea ceremony. Its transparent appearance allows one to distinctly observe the leaves while steeping as they explode into a decadent tinge, thus imparting their own colour and taste to water, while they rehydrate and blossom themselves. While they are easy to clean and do not get stained from the tannins released by tea leaves, they are also neutral vessels changing the course of the brew from one cup to another, without influencing taste and aroma, unlike their cheaper metallic counterparts. Guaranteed to display high mechanical and chemical resistance, they are also easy to store and medically certified safe for use for those who suffer from allergies.