Making a cup of tea is easy, but making a cup of tea the right way is another story. Find out what to look out for here.
Bring water to a boil. Tea specialists swear by filtered water or bottled water, especially when the tap water in the region where you live is hard. The taste of the water influences the taste of the tea.
Do not use water that has been boiled before for tea: it contains less oxygen and that also affects the taste.
Preheat your teacup by pouring in some boiling water and leaving it until you are ready to fill your cup.
Depending on which tea you brew, the water must have a different temperature.
- for white and green tea: 76-85 ° C
- for oblong tea: 85-98 ° C
- for black tea: 100 ° C
- for pu-erh tea: 100 ° C
- all above temperatures apply to loose tea. For tea bags you use water that just barely boils. With some kettles you can set the temperature.
Drain the water from your preheated teacup and put loose tea in a tea strainer or filter (1 to 2 teaspoons per cup). Place the strainer or your tea bag in the cup.
Pour the tea with the water of the correct temperature. If you immediately make a whole pot of tea, count 1 cup of water per teaspoon of tea (or per bag).
Let the tea steep. For this, it is best to put the lid on the teapot or a saucer on the cup, so that the water does not cool down. How long the tea should brew is stated on the packaging, but in general broken leaves or tea in bags should steep less long than whole tea leaves. If nothing is stated on the packaging, you can use these target times:
- oolong tea: 4 to 7 minutes
- black tea: 3 to 5 minutes
- green tea: 2 to 3 minutes
- other types: 2 minutes, then taste and possibly let it steep for a little longer
Stir the tea before drinking or pouring it: the taste of the tea at the bottom of the cup or pot is stronger than at the top.