Thursday, 14 May 2015

How do i brew a nice cup of tea should tea be taken with milk and sugar can tea leaves be used multiple times

Producing the perfect cup of tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavor, making the tea taste ‘’grassy’’ or bitter.
Put loose tea leaves, either directly in a teapot or in a tea infuser and pour hot water over the leaves. After a couple of minutes the leaves are usually removed again, either by removing the infuser, or by straining the tea while serving. Do not add milk because when you add milk, most of the health properties of teas are lost. While it is best to avoid, sugar or honey can be added as per your taste.

The best temperature for brewing tea depends on its type. Teas that have little or no oxidation period, such as a green or white tea, are best brewed at lower temperatures between 65 and 85 degree centigrade, while teas with longer oxidation periods should be brewed at higher temperatures at around 100 degree centigrade. The higher temperatures are required to extract the large, complex, flavorful phenolic molecules found in fermented teas. Never use boiling water to prepare your white or green tea. Water at this temperature will cook the leaves and destroy the tea its flavor, creating a bitter tasting tea. Steeping time should be balanced with water temperature: the lower the temperature, the longer the tea can be steeped. Use approximately 2gms of tea (1tea spoon) per cup to make a perfect testing tea you should reuse “whole leaf” teas as all the extracts don’t come out in first brewing. This is a common practice throughout the world.

Also,when you are bringing water to a complete boil, do not boil it for too long. This will deplete the oxygen in the water and your tea wont taste as nice. This is also the reason why you need to use fresh water every time you are making tea because with repeated boiling the oxygen in the water gets depleted. Here is the table to help you make that perfect cup;