TEA INSPIRATION – Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Green Tea
There are different ways to make tea across the globe. In some cultures, there is a method to whom it is served first or even how the tea must be added to the water in a specific way. Some people also define the type of cup, tea should be served in. In other cultures, there is some debate as to whether tea should be served with milk or lemon. So making the perfect tea cup varies from place to place. But if you're searching for the way to a divine cup of steaming tea, you should take the time to do it right by adopting the best temperature, Green tea - ware and steeping times for the perfect brew.
People often ask how to make the perfect cup of tea, and the answer is: while there are some rules to be followed, at the end of the day, a cup of tea is too personal. There isn’t just one perfect way to make it but you should enjoy it just the way ‘you’ like it.
Unless you are using an automated coffee maker or hot water dispenser to provide your hot water, you'll want to put a kettle on to boil. The temperature of the water is really important, depending on which tea you’ll be drinking. Most black teas need around 96°C and green teas around 70°C. Tea needs oxygen, so don’t re-boil water as this takes a lot of the oxygen out and will leave your tea tasting a bit metallic. Once your kettle has boiled, pour the water into your teapot, then add your thermometer to check when the water has cooled to the appropriate temperature.
When your water is hot enough, it's time to use your tea. Most likely you have a collection of teabags at your disposal. Now you must make an important decision. First, what sort of tea would you like to have? And second, how much tea do you want? Pour hot water into a warm teacup and steep a single teabag by adding it to the water and draping the string over the side. Leave the single bag in the cup for three to five minutes before removing. If you're making a pot of tea, use two tea bags and again steep for three to five minutes.
The next step is really important. Before you serve the tea, remove the teabag from the pot. If you leave it in too long, it will over-steep and will taste really bitter. Don’t stir it and definitely don’t squeeze it. That will release the tannins (a bitter compound of tea), which will again make it taste too bitter.
SERVING THE TEA
When you serve or pour the tea, you can do so with great ceremony or keep it simplistic. Unless you prefer your tea without any additional flavors, you may like to customize it by adding lemon and/or honey.
So cheers guys, hope you enjoy your cuppa today. And remember, only you know how you like your tea – just have fun making it!
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