There are lots of times when the only thing to do is make yourself a nice cup of tea. Maybe it’s a rainy day and you’re planning to sit and read all afternoon. Maybe there’s an inch at the back of your throat and you don’t want it to turn into a full cold. Maybe you just need an afternoon pick-me-up but coffee is just a bit too much. To brew a perfect cuppa, here are some things to pay attention to:
While the convenience of individual teabags is hard to beat, tea just tastes better when it’s brewed from looseleaf. Get a small teapot and a strainer to pour the tea through. Strainers are easier to use and clean than tea balls. All these can be purchased online, including some of the best tea online.
It’s important to brew your tea at the right temperature too. Different teas want to be brewed at different temperatures. For example, a light herbal tea will brew at a lower temperature than a strong black tea. An electric kettle can often give different water temperatures easily.
Timing is also key. Certain teas want to steep longer than others. Setting a timer will save you from over-steeping and help remind you that you were making a cup of tea in the first place. Who among us hasn’t occasionally left a cup of tea steeping on the counter for an hour because you forgot about it?
The final touch to the perfect cup of tea is the right accompaniment. there are right and wrong pairings for tea, just like with wine. That might be a sweetener like sugar or honey, and it might also be milk but don’t forget that some tea pairs well with a light snack like a sandwich or a cookie.
Now you can enjoy your perfect cup of tea!