Loose Leaf Tea Preparation Tips

Loose Leaf Tea Preparation Tips   Shutterstock Image: Image ID: 126043034 For many of us, tea is a convenience beverage: Take a tea bag, put it in a cup of hot water and sip away. While there's nothing wrong...

Loose Leaf Tea Preparation Tips

 

Shutterstock Image: Image ID: 126043034

For many of us, tea is a convenience beverage: Take a tea bag, put it in a cup of hot water and sip away. While there's nothing wrong with teabags, loose leaf tea can offer a richer, fuller flavor than bagged tea.

Here are some tips for preparing loose leaf tea:

  • Select a teapot. Remember: You'll need to somehow strain the leaves from the brewed tea. You can easily brew tea in a teapot, then pour it into your cup through a strainer. You can also buy a teapot with a self-contained strainer or infuser basket.
  • A good pot or cup of tea starts with good water. Spring water is best, but fresh filtered water works just fine. Don't be tempted to cheat and use hot water from the tap: It's been sitting in your hot water tank and that's not good for its flavor.
  • Water temperature matters. While boiling water often works well when steeping black teas, super-hot water can ruin the flavor of green, white and some oolong teas. Bring water temperature down to about 180F for green teas, 190F - 200F for whites and oolongs.
  • The more leaf you use, the more intense the flavor of your tea. The general rule is to add one teaspoon (or three grams) of tea to six to eight ounces of water. Experiment with different amounts to see what you like.
  • A rounded teaspoon works fine for measuring small or broken-leaf teas. Large-leaf teas are trickier to measure, as they don't easily fit in a spoon. Use a gram scale to get the right amount.
  • Steeping time likewise varies according to taste, but usually ranges from one to three minutes for green and white teas and three to five minutes for black teas.

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