How to make the perfect cup of tea.December 19, 2006 at 1:25 am | Posted in Tea tools, accessories | Leave a comment
In the beginning i kept wondering… am i using the correct ways to brew/infuse tea? is this the way its supposed to taste? is it right ? is this good? is this bad? what am i supposed to do? oh noes!!! i’m wasting the expensive tea leaves …eeeeeh!!!
The secret to brewing the best cup of tea: you. (i guess that goes along with Time’s person of the year theme).
For example: everybody says uuuuh darjeelings …’the champagne of teas’ . i tasted many darjeelings … tried various methods, temperatures, iron kettles, the finest porcelain cups, cheap 99c mugs, sugar, honey, it doesnt matter because i dislike them intensely.
Sure, there are some basics but beyond that you have to experiment so that you find what suits you best.
The Basics of Tea infusions:
1. buy leaves (or some better brand teabags ex: Yamamotoyama)
2. buy some arrowhead water or maybe filtered tap water.
3. boil water (vary temperatures)
4. fill 1 cup
5. drop in the tea (vary amount 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon, etc)(dont lose the measuring device)
6. time of infusion (vary it by minutes)
7. notebook: keep track of amounts, infusion times, tastes. this is the key to remembering what to do next time for the same good cup of tea.
You have to experiment with the tea to find out its variations and from those experiences you can decide if you really like it or not.
What other people like may not be what you like, so just try things out to discover if its worth your time.