How do we brew the perfect cup of tea? George Orwell published an article in the London Evening Standard in 1946 titled ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ in which he discusses his rules for brewing a perfect cup. This article, however brilliantly written it may be, does not cater to all the different types of teas.
Now, if you are like me and really serious about your tea here is an excellent graphic that Teavana put together and I could not have done a better job myself. As you can see each tea is sensitive to different temperatures. White and green teas tend to be on the cooler side whereas Rooibos and herbal teas need hotter temperatures. The reason why I chose this graphic from Teavana’s website is that not only does it show steep times, it also shows caffeine content and how much tea leaves to put in per 8oz cup. Some of you might be thinking whether this is just too much effort and just let the kettle boil and pour in the water. Well to you guys I would say try at least once, you might be pleasantly surprised by the difference! Just a few tips, you can either sit there with a thermometer in your water to get the required temperature or you can get an electric kettle that allows you to set the require temperature (Technology is amazing, right?). Also, these steeping times are recommended but if you’re like me and prefer stronger teas you can adjust the steeping times to accommodate your taste buds. Lastly, tea leaves can be used more than once! Higher quality tea leaves taste will improve on the 2nd or 3rd brews.