Green tea, black tea or white tea. Tea leaves, tea bags or tea concentrate. A trip down your favorite supermarket’s tea aisle could easily leave one permanently turned off towards the beverage. As the possibilities and combinations are endless, this should make the task of selecting a tea that is healthily beneficial and easily prepared, a simple task.
However, knowing how long to steep tea seems to be a long-lost art, particularly in today’s fast-paced society. In this article, we will discuss the simple and most efficient ways to steep some of the most common teas available today.
Loose versus bagged teas
In arguments among tea aficionados and tea experts, loose tea almost always comes out on top. Yes, there are benefits to consuming tea in bag form when traveling, but ultimately, tea in its loose form tends to come out on top.
It can be argued that tea used for bags are merely the remnants of high quality loose tea. Unless you physically tear open the pouch (thus ruining its functionality), there is no way of telling if your tea is composed of hardy chunks or loose-leaf powder.
In addition, it can also be argued that bagged tea lacks the range of motion that tea leaves have. In order to steep, the tea must be able to drift around in a solution.
Good water equals good tea
Highly oxygenated water is a must for successful tea brewing. If the water in your pipes comes from a city line, consider one of the following options:
Tea kettles and teapots: there is a difference
Simply put, the tea kettle is what you heat water in beforehand. While it’s not necessary to own a tea kettle, they undoubtedly come in handy. Alternatively, you could easily microwave water, or boil it in a saucepan.
The tea pot is where the magic takes place within. Tea leaves should be placed within the infuser, and then add water. When the steeping time is up, remove the infuser. It’s not uncommon for tea to become leaf-ridden in the process, however, once leaves have been removed from the infuser, it can be used to re-strain the tea.
Recommended time for certain teas
For the best teas, follow the following set of guidelines when brewing:
Green and white teas
Two to three minutes
Three to five minutes
Five minutes, at the least