7 Easy Tricks For a Bolder Cup of Tea
Follow these seven tea-aficionado tips and you’ll enjoy a richer and bolder cup of tea. Each and Every time. Guaranteed.
1. Use good quality water. That means -- “tasteless” water. If the tap water is not pure tasting then brew with spring or filtered water instead. Well-balanced water contains about 150 parts per million (PPM) of minerals.
2. Choose premium loose leaf teas from reputable vendors. Try to purchase tea that is not older than last year’s harvest.
3. Store tea in a dry spot, in an air-tight, opaque container to preserve freshness.
4. Brew the right amount of tea for the serving portion. Too much tea will result in bitterness, too little will produce a weak cup. Rule of Thumb: start with one teaspoonful of leaves (approx. 3 grams) per 8 ounce cup of water and adjust from there. (See also useful tip: here.)
5. Steep at the optimal temperature to extract the most flavor. Use the temperature recommended for the particular type of tea you are brewing. A variable temperature electric tea kettle or a tea maker can take the guesswork out of temperature and steep times.
6. Experiment with timing. Steep for too long and you’ll end up with a bitter taste; too short and the flavor won’t be as bold. Look for recommended steep times on the product label. Rule of thumb: never steep longer than 3-5 minutes.
7. Treat yourself to something special. Brew your tea in a Yixing teapot. Dedicate a teapot to each of your favorite teas for bolder flavors as the teapot is seasoned with use.