There is something special about having a cup of tea. If you are with friends, it becomes a time to make memories, to enjoy good company and conversation. If you are alone, it becomes the pause to reflect, to settle yourself, and to take comfort. A cup of tea is like that. It is always there, for every occasion, knowing just what you need and when you need it. So, this month, we cover how to make the perfect cup of tea because after all bad tea just should not be tolerated.
Water Is Important
Always use the best water possible. Good water makes good tea. Heat the water on the stovetop or in an electric kettle to the proper temperature. Do not resort to cutting corners by heating the water in a microwave. A microwave cannot effectively bring your water to an even temperature in the same way that a kettle can. Making tea is a process that shouldn’t be rushed.
Temperature Can Make or Break Your Cup of Tea
Achieving the correct temperature is one of the most important elements in making the perfect cup of tea. Some teas require a more gentle approach and pouring boiling water on the delicate leaves of white, green tea or oolong would make for a terrible cup of tea. They require a lower temperature, somewhere around 170° -to-195° water. Always check the packaging to see the recommended steeping guidelines. Boiling water should be used for more robust teas like black, Pu-erh, and herbal teas.
Use your Finest Teaware
If you are using a bone china or porcelain teapot, it is recommended to warm it with hot tap water first to avoid cracking or crazing the piece. Discard this water before preparing your tea. Caring for your teapot and other accessories is important as many of these beautiful pieces are now discontinued. Every effort should be made to respect and preserve these treasures. Subsequently, your teapot should be washed, or at least rinsed shortly after you are done consuming your tea. Leaving tea to sit in your teapot or teacups can lead to hard-to-remove stains.
Only The Best Tea
Using a good quality tea, in fact, the best your budget will allow is important and ultimately one of the key elements to making the perfect cup of tea. These higher-quality teas can often be steeped more than once. When using loose-leaf tea, the rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of dry leaf per 8 ounces of water. For a stronger infusion, often referred to as builder’s brew, add another teaspoonful or two of dry tea leaf. Experiment with what works for you. You’ll soon be tweaking the guidelines to make your cup of tea perfect for you. My newest favorite is Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme.
It’s Time To Sip Your Tea
Once the water has reached the correct temperature for the type of tea, pour it over the leaves or tea bag in the teapot, and put on the lid. with a lid. Set the timer for the appropriate steeping time and wait. Once the time is up, remove the infuser or tea bags from the teapot. Tea should be served promptly and every sip should be enjoyed.