A Guide to Preparing the Best Cup of Tea
Do you love a warm, soothing cup of tea? So does our team at Art of Tea. We are passionate about the health and wellness benefits of tea and we absolutely love the way our various blends taste and make us feel. We are always striving to make the best cup of tea and looking for ways to improve on our tea brewing skills. Fortunately, we have been doing this for quite some time, and although we may not be self-proclaimed experts, we definitely know our way around the teapot. Enjoy our tips for preparing the best cup of tea!
How to Prepare a Great Cup of Tea Every Time
The key to preparing the best cup of tea comes down to your method, the quality of your tea and water, and any additions you may make at the end. Of course, each person is an individual and may like to use their own method; however, the team at Art of Tea swears by this guide for the best cup of tea.
- Fresh Water for Every Cup: Start by filling your tea kettle with freshly drawn, cold water. Do not use water that has been sitting in the kettle for a few days or even a few hours. Additionally, you should never make tea with re-boiled water as it will change the flavor and the consistency of your tea.
- Use the Right Temperature: The temperature of your water is crucial throughout the tea making process. The water you put in your kettle should be cold water from the tap. Next, once the water begins to boil, it's important to understand the precise temperature your particular tea needs. For example, black tea should be brewed somewhere between 95-98 degrees Celsius, but green tea is best with water that is between 80-85 degrees Celsius. Each tea releases its flavor at a different temperature, so it’s important to take this into consideration before making your perfect cup. If you do not have a thermometer, an easy way to achieve a lower temperature after your kettle has boiled is to let the water sit for a few minutes.
- Brewing: To truly enjoy the flavors and health benefits of tea, you need to let the tea steep for a specific amount of time. Normally this is detailed on the tea package, and for any Art of Tea products, you can easily find this information on the packaging or on our website. Steeping your tea for roughly 3-4 minutes should allow for a robust flavor. However, this can be specific to each individual tea drinker; some might like their tea steeped for longer than others. Find which brewing method works for you.
- Extras Last: Always add your additions last. Depending on the type of tea, you may enjoy a sprinkle of cinnamon or a splash of almond milk or oat milk. To intensify the flavor, a small thumb of ginger or a lemon wedge could work wonders. It is your cup of tea and you should make the cup that warms your body and your soul.
- Be Mindful of Time: Lastly, although it doesn’t improve your tea brewing skills necessarily, always be mindful of the time. Be sure to choose teas that match your mood and sleep schedule. Stay away from caffeinated teas like green tea or black tea later at night.
Purchase Your Favorite Tea Flavors for the Best Cup of Tea
To truly prepare the best cup of tea, you need to find flavors and blends that you love and that work well for your body. Explore our Art of Tea collections, loose-leaf teas, and sachets . We have something for everyone. For further questions about tea, please contact Art of Tea. Happy brewing!