Brewing the perfect cuppa!•
Posted on March 25 2020
In true Brit style many of us enjoy a good old cup of Rosie Lea, me included!
While delving into the realms of herbal tea & finer quality teas I have realised that simply pouring hot water onto your tea leaves may be quite frankly - not good enough for the perfect brew! If your paying for luxury products then it only makes sense to try to get the maximum out of them.
Firstly lets cover the basics - water. You may think tap water is fine, for most it is. However if you live in a super hard water area or have a tap cleanser you may find the final result isn’t quite what you expected. If possible, use water with a high mineral content. Filtering your water or using water that has been rested with Shungite or Carbon filters is preferred, this will remove impurities and neutralise your water closer to its natural state. Some may say that filtered, bottled or distilled water are the best - but do consider plastic usage. Having a glass 5L water cooler in the fridge at home, with Carbon or Shungite in it is significantly more environmentally friendly than using plastic bottles of water.
Method - Try to ensure your kettle isn’t clogged up with limescale as this too can alter the final taste. Begin with bringing your fresh water to the recommended temperature (see details below). Using a strainer, teapot or cup, add one rounded teaspoon per person. Gently pour the heated water over the tea leaves, awakening the flavours to start the brewing process. Finish by leaving your tea to ‘sleep’ or ‘rest’ for the desired amount of time. Remove the strainer or pour your cup of tea, add milk, sugar or honey should you desire it. Mind you, your probably sweet enough already 😉.
NOTE - If you have ever tasted a bitter cup of tea, it is likely due to incorrect water temperature or over brewing (allowing the tea to sleep for too long). Sometimes making the perfect cup to reflect your palette can take a little bit of time. Make fine adjustments to your next cup so you can remember what process you followed and you will get there!
Time - Sleep time, brew time, rest time, steep time... It’s all the same thing. The amount of time you allow your leaves to sit inside your water. When it comes to standard tea or coffee many recommended times are the same, when it comes to herbal blends, times may differ. For this reason I list sleep times on all of my herbal teas to give you guidance.
Temperature - This has such slight variations, to begin with you may find a thermometer is a valuable assistance (or if your lucky like me your kettle may have one built in), once your more established you’ll know by listening to the sound of the bubbles or the amount of time you have left the water after boiling.
White Tea / Yellow Tea / Green Tea / Flavoured Green Tea - These are the most sensitive of the bunch! Water should be at 70-80degrees, which can be obtained by boiling the kettle and leaving the water for around 3-5 minutes before using. Using boiling water or sleeping beyond recommended times will result in a bitter taste, spoiling your tea.
Oolong Tea - Use water at 85 degrees
Black Tea - Use water at 100 degrees
Flavoured Black Tea - Use water at 100 degrees
Roobios (Red Tea, Redbush) - Use water at 100 degrees
Pu-Erh Tea - Use water at 100 degrees
Herbal Infusions and Fruit Tea - Use water at 100 degrees
You may find my teas are slightly more expensive but, you are buying fresh, high quality products, mostly organic and on the flip side they are versatile, you can re-use many of the leaves 3-4 times before discarding, giving you value for money too, actually making them very cost effective.
Last but defiantly not least - Storage. This in someways is the key element, if your not storing your tea correctly then you have lost before you ever even started! This is where I come in... I have given you an eco-friendly helping hand - I provide all loose leaf teas & coffee in compostable/re-usable airtight storage bags (see coffee example in the photo). Instructions are on the front and they are perfect to be stored out of direct sunlight.
If you want to transfer your Tea into your own container, choose something that has not previously had anything strongly flavoured in it. If storing it in a sunlit area, use something that will not react to sunlight or allow sunlight to seep through as this will destroy the flavour. Do not use anything plastic as it is proven that tiny particles can seep into product. I recommend using glass or tin, kept in a dark cupboard or drawer and airtight. I’m sure this goes without saying, KEEP IT DRY!
I hope that you enjoy my blends, I have worked hard taking advice from herbalists to provide you with brews designed to improve wellbeing and health. I will be adding more as time goes on, so if you don’t see something that you would like to, please feel free to drop me a message!
On a final note, you may find the leaves are so beautiful that you don’t want to use them - consider this a bonus towards tranquility I find the leaves are stunning to look at and smell. Drinking loose leaf tea really is something for all the senses!
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