Seems like an easy answer doesn't it? Pop a teabag into a cup of hot water and wait a few minutes, nope! That would give you a cup of tea, mediocre at best. There is quite a bit more involved in the quest to achieve that perfect cup of tea. Tea lovers everywhere are always striving for an exceptional cup of tea. This is nothing new. Tea has been a favorite beverage of many for thousands of years. Tea also has medicinal properties and health benefits which makes it much more than a tasty hot drink. Follow these simple directions to fulfill your quest for the perfect cup of tea.
Things You Will Need
Buy loose tea and an infuser. Be sure the tea is a good quality. There are many online seller and specialty shops who sell high quality teas.
Put your loose tea in the infuser. The amount of tea depends on the quality of tea and your specific tastes. Adjust the amounts to suit your taste. If you are using a less expensive tea, you will need more loose tea than if you use a higher quality tea.
Fill your tea kettle with cold water. Do not use hot tap water or microwave the water to heat it.
Place the tea kettle on the stove and wait for it to come to a boil. While waiting for your water to boil, fill your tea pot with hot water to warm the tea pot. You never want to add boiling water to a cold tea pot because your water will cool faster than it should and if you are using a porcelain or ceramic tea pot, the teapot can crack from the sudden change in temperature.
When the water in your tea kettle boils, pour the hot water out of your tea pot and pour the boiling water in. Place the tea infuser into the tea pot. Place the cover on your tea pot to hold the steam in.
Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Never allow the tea to steep for more than 5 minutes because the tea will become bitter. While waiting for the tea to steep, add hot water to your tea cup to warm your tea cup.
After 3 to 5 minutes, remove the infuser and stir the tea. Pour the hot water out of your tea cup and pour yourself a cup of perfect tea. Add honey, lemon or sugar depending on your taste.
To brew stronger tea, add more loose tea rather than letting it steep longer.
Never reheat tea because reheating will diminish the flavor.
So you see making that perfect cup of tea is more complex that plopping a tea bag in a cup of hot water. Once you make tea the proper way, you won't want to go back to your old ways. Enjoy!