Three Steps to Making Fantastic Tea
Is the tea that you make always bitter tasting and not very good? It's not fun taking the time to brew a pot of tea and then being unable to drink it because it tastes horrible. Here's some simple tips and steps to follow to ensure that every cup of tea you brew tastes great.
If you are using plain tap water this could be a big cause of your poor tasting tea. The minerals and chemicals found in tap water can play a part in altering the taste of your tea and in making it bitter. You should always try to use filtered water when brewing tea. This doesn't mean that you need to use expensive glacier filtered water! A simple water filter such as a Brita can do the trick.
Also make sure that the water you are boiling starts off cold. Warm water is no good. You also definitely don't want to re-boil any day old water that is sitting in your tea kettle. You want to fill your kettle with cold, fresh water. This alone can go a long way in brewing a great tasting pot of tea.
Incorrect water temperature is a big mistake that most people make. Boiling water poured immediately from the kettle is too hot and will burn the tea leaves. This is one of the major causes of bitter tea. Here's two simple ways to solve this problem. The first thing that you can do is to let the freshly boiled water cool down for a few minutes before pouring it over top of your tea. The second method that works is to stop your kettle before the water reaches the boiling point. Either of these methods will do the trick and will prevent the tea leaves from being burned, resulting in a poor tasting cup.
The third important factor in brewing a great cup of tea is the steeping time. Letting the tea steep for too long can also lead to bitterness. A good guideline is to steep tea for two or three minutes. Some teas such as rooibos do well with a longer steeping time. The best thing to do is to try out different lengths of time. Different people have different tastes. Experimenting is the only way to brew tea that matches your unique tastes.
Follow these three simple tips and you'll notice the difference in the quality of tea you brew.