Brewing tea is an art. Only true tea lovers practice this art daily as the starter of their days.
If you've grown up drinking bagged tea and suddenly now you've started to get an urge to go back to basics, i.e., brewing tea, which involves a whole tradition that involves boiling the water, the utensils which are used in a brewing process for crushed loose-leaf tea, and all that experience you get when you pour the fresh cup of tea filled with aroma and taste in your cup.
This article is for all the tea lovers trying to go the traditional/right way to enjoy tea. So, without further ado, let's get started.
Getting back to basics: How to brew Tea
You can follow the steps outlined in this article to brew loose-leaf tea following the simple steps at home.
Prepare your tools
Before making a pot of tea, take a few moments to gather everything you need. The loose-leaf tea, your cup, mug, or pot, as well as your infuser or filter, are the things you will need to make a cup of tea.
Loose-leaf Oolong tea can be made right at home with ingredients you probably already have.
Put water on to boil.
Start by filling your kettle with filtered, cold water by turning it on and putting it on the stove. You can also use a pot if you do not possess either of these items as an alternative to the stovetop or electric tea kettle.
Tea brewing temperature varies depending on the particular type of tea and can range from 140°C (a full boil) for speciality green teas to 212°C (a full boil) for black and herbal teas, depending on the type of tea.
Get the right amount of tea leaves.
Using your tea infuser or tea filter, place the tea leaves into the infuser and slowly heat the tea as it is heating. The general rule is to use one teaspoon of loose-leaf tea for every six ounces of water. It's not a rigid rule.
If you are making herbal or white teas that are particularly "fluffy," you may find that using a heaping teaspoon rather than a flat teaspoon sometimes works best. The more tea leaves you add, the stronger it will become.
Brew your tea and let it steep.
As soon as the water has reached the desired temperature, you will need to proceed to the next step of infusing your tea leaves into the water.
The best way to prepare tea is to pour hot water over the leaves rather than put leaves into hot water by spooning. The water ensures that all parts of the leaf are saturated, adding more flavor to the tea sampler as the leaf is saturated with water.
Note: If you are steeping your tea, you must steep it for a different time based on its type. Depending on the tea, the brewing time of some teas can be as short as a minute or two, whereas the brewing time of others can be as long as ten minutes.
To get the right steeping time for your brew, it is very important to time your brew. After learning how to infuse tea properly, you can estimate how long it will take according to your preference over time.
Take out your tea leaves and enjoy!
Remove your tea leaves from your tea after it has steeped for a few minutes, and enjoy your tea. If you have prepared your tea without an infuser, then you should strain and decant it into another vessel after you have strained it.
I believe everyone who loves tea should have the opportunity to make loose-leaf tea at least once. Taking part in the brewing process of tea brings out the true essence of enjoying it. It further elevates the tea-enjoying experience as you sip.
It rejuvenates your soul and mind and lets you meditate on tea's importance as you ponder its meaning.