How to brew a perfect cup of tea
Rule no.1 - Choosing good tea needs care
Good tea is inexpensive but not cheap. For what it offers, tea is an affordable luxury but choosing good tea needs some care.
Rule no.2 - Protect your tea
Connoisseurs store their wines in climate-controlled cellars and cigars in humidors.
Rule no.3 - Water
A cup of tea is 99% water and good water is as important for a good brew as the tea itself.
Rule no.4 - Boiling Water
Reboiling water is not good at any time as it can deplete dissolved gases and concentrate nitrates, fluoride and other undesirable elements, and for tea that is especially bad.
Rule no.5 - Dosage
Brewing is the extraction of the goodness nature has induced in the black, green or white tea leaves.
Rule no.6 - Water temperature and brewing times
Green tea has a softer, generally more gentle personality than black tea and should be brewed in water that is cooled to around 75 degrees, black tea in water with temperature of 90-95 degrees.
Rule no.7 - Stirring
Once the tea and freshly boiled water are combined, the leaves tend to settle at the bottom of the teapot, reducing the contact between tea leaves and water. That is way stirring is important.
Rule no.8 - Right temperature to consume
Once brewing is complete, the tea should be poured into warm teacups and any tea remaining in the teapot decanted to avoid over-brewing.
Rule no.9 - Adding enhancements
Milk should only be added to a strong brewed black tea.
Rule no.10 - Know when to break the rules
When mixing tea cocktails or cooking with tea, over brew the tea into an essence. Tea taste, texture or fragrance of the tea must be evident in the food or drink.
Rule no.11 - Presentation of tea
The physical presentation of tea is equally important as in the case of food and wine.