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Step 1 : Water For Tea
Bottled spring water that’s low in calcium. Calcium and chlorine in tap water affect
the natural taste of tea.
Step 2: Water Temperature
Avoid using boiling water — it damages the leaves, affects its aroma and flavor, and reduces the nutrients. The recommended water temperatures for black and oolong tea are 90 to 95 degrees C; for green, yellow and white tea, it is below 70 Celsius.
Step 3: Pre-Brew
Insert a tea strainer into the teapot and rinse with boiling water. Place a teaspoon of tea per cup into the warmed strainer. Let it stand for a few minutes to let the steam develop the leaves’ aroma. Pour in the hot water to start brewing. Read the rest of this entry »
It is the most common tea served in Chinese restaurants, as a batch of leaves can be steeped up to five times — the third and fourth brews give the best flavor. Reddish- brown when brewed, it is generally stronger, more roasted and full- bodied in taste and aroma than other types of tea.
They are dried naturally before being gently bruised and roasted over charcoal. The Tie Guan Yin is one of the most well-known while the Da Hong Pao is the finest and most expensive. Oolong tea prices vary greatly. Most high-quality oolong teas are made in China’s Fujian province. Read the rest of this entry »
Assam, Earl Grey and western style breakfast – most of the teas that we drink in cafes are single estate or blends of black tea. Infused to a clear shade of dark red, most black teas are hearty and boast the strongest flavors among all tea. As it’s fully oxidized, it can retain its flavor for several years. It also has the highest caffeine level at about 3%. The best black teas are the young shoots of each branch, with silver or golden tips.
Popular for antioxidant properties, the taste ranges from refreshing and mild, to grassy and full-bodies. The golden yellow brew is the most natural tea – freshly plucked leaves are dried and packed without being oxidized; it retains its green color as chlorophyll is not broken down. Read the rest of this entry »