How to Choose the Right Cup of Tea – A Simple Guide
Although tea has been around for many centuries and people have had this drink for numerous light occasions, for instance, to spend a calm evening after a hectic day from work or as a drink to start fresh. Instead many fail to make the tea in a perfect manner that is backed by strong scientific evidence.
Here we will give a guide to tea preparation in a way which is both tasty as well as healthy.
Gather all the items you need to prepare your perfect tea. These would include the following.
- Tea Pot
- Access to clean water
- Lemon (optional)
- Milk (optional)
Tea Kettle either electrical or the normal one to be used by placing it on the top of the stove.
Tea leaf type (herbal, green, black or white)
What is tea? It is a beverage made of a plant whose scientific name is Camellia Sinesis. This is being used to produce white, green and black tea in particular. The herbal tea is being made up of herbs and spices instead of the plant. So as we have seen just that there are 4 types of tea available and each of them has its characteristics which we will be discussed briefly below.
The black tea contains almost 60mg of caffeine per eight ounces. Different types of black tea available in the market are Earl Grey, Assam, and Ceylon.
The White tea, on the other hand, is sweeter as compared to the black tea and is produced particularly in China and what makes it stand out from the rest is that it can only be picked three times in a year. The other distinguishable feature of this type of tea is that it has the least amount of caffeine and is also the healthiest. It is amongst the most expensive tea in the group.
Green Tea is generally consumed for its health benefits but unlike the white tea, it is available at a much more affordable price. And another difference is that it has more caffeine than white tea but less when compared to black tea. There are several varieties of green tea available worldwide, including- Dragon well, Sencha, Kukicha, etc.
Herbal Tea is the non-caffeinated drink in the list that people generally have this to keep their body alleviating. This particular tea is the exception from the rest in the sense that, this is prepared using flowers and herbs instead of the leaves of the Camellia plant like the rest.
It is very important to heat the teapot or kettle as this keeps the tea hot for a longer period. Also doing so you can assist in extracting the best aroma from the tea leaves. Pour some hot water into the pot and then swirl it for a while. Finally, discard it.
Although choosing a cup to serve in is a personal choice, however, you may find it interesting to know that if you pour the tea in a ceramic cup, the tea will remain hot for a longer time, while if you pour the tea in a china cup, then you will get the best flavor of your tea.
Add a cup of water in a teapot depending on how many you would be serving. Use filtered water that will add to the taste of the tea. The water should be completely boiled before adding to the teapot cause if not heated properly then the fresh and loose leaves will not mix with the water properly.
Add boiling water in the teapot and put it on the lid. The brewing time depends on the type of tea you are preparing. You can change the time you need to brew depending on your particular preference.
- Black Tea – 2/3 minutes
- White tea -4/5 minutes
- Green tea – not more than a minute
- Herbal Tea- 5/6 minutes
Finally, you can add sugar/milk/lemon as much as you want depending on your or your guests’ personal preference and then your tea is ready to be served.
This was the guide that you can follow to make up the perfect cup of tea that you can have during any time of the day or can serve any guests you have invited over for a get-together. This will help you if you are new to the world of tea or if you are a regular drinker but somehow you may have noticed that your tea does not seem to have that particular taste that you are looking for.
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