When the weather starts to cool off – even just a little bit, which is the case here in Tennessee – I go back to my evening ritual of drinking a cup of tea to finish out my day. There’s something soothing not only in the brewing of the tea but also in the drinking it. So with that in mind, today’s Friday Fun is all about the perfect cuppa.
How to Brew a Cup of Tea
There are many opinions on the subject of making the “perfect” cup of tea, and it’s going to take some experimenting on your part to find your own personal “zone” of perfection. But there are a few basics you should know if you’re going to start off your tea-drinking adventures on the right foot.
In general, here’s what you’re going to do:
- Bring water to a rolling boil – usually a tea kettle is the preferred method here, but you can use a pot on the stove if that’s what you’ve got!
- Measure out your tea. If you’re using bags, then one per mug/cup is good. If you’re using loose-leaf tea, in general you’re going to brew about 1-2 teaspoons per cup/person, but sometimes the label on the tea itself will say otherwise, and in general you’re probably going to experiment to find out how you like your tea.
- Pour the water over your tea, either in a mug or a teapot, and allow it to simmer for about 3 minutes (some teas take more or less time; check the packaging).
And here’s some advice from the experts:
- Twinings tea – brewing tips
- Rare tea – how to make the perfect cup
- Zen habits tea rituals
- River Tea – the Chinese tea ceremony
Different Types of Tea
There are several different types of tea out there; here’s a basic primer to get you to understand the differences:
- black tea – a traditional tea that you’re probably most familiar with; served hot or iced
- green tea – popular in Asia; it has a lighter flavor and is often blended with fruit
- oolong tea – often served in Chinese restaurants, full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance
- white tea – the purest and least process, light in color & flavor
- red or rooibos tea – a South African tea that is great hot or iced
- mate tea – actually tastes a lot like coffee
- herbal tea – these are made from other plants and not actual tea leaves
Make Tea Drinking Fun
If you’re ready to dive into a tea-drinking ritual, why not make it more fun with these goodies?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our little tea party!