Get 3 Things Right for A Perfect Cuppa!
Ever wondered if you are using the right ways to make loose leaf tea? If the answer is ” Yes”, then finish reading this article as we will give you the ultimate tea brewing guide presented at our Tea Tasting Event in Birmingham in 2019.
First of all, don’t freak out, tea making is not rocket science. On the contrary, it is a very simple and enjoyable process. You only need to get three things right, then a perfect cup of tea will be ready for you. Read it trough because we will give you an in-depth inside of tea brewing techniques. There are three factors to create your tea drinking experience, which are water, tea and teaware you use.
Water + Tea + Teaware = Tea Drinking Experience
Water Hardness Effects on Brewing Loose Leaf Tea
Many regions in the UK have hard water. In these places, the tea liquor tends to be very clear and has a very bland flavour. When the water contains a high level of minerals, the water cannot extract all the tea flavour, colour and fragrance. Therefore, tea experts suggested avoiding hard water for tea brewing whenever possible. When there is no other option, we recommend using boiled, filtered water and leave it to rest for a few minutes to allow the minerals to plunge. In this way, many of the components that make the water hard can be eliminated or reduced in quantity, thus improving the tea infusion.
Water Temperature Control
I have heard people saying that the water must not reach its boiling point to make tea because if it does, we will lose all the oxygen contained in the water, and the tea will be dull and flat. From our research, some scientists argued that there is a very insignificant difference between oxygen levels at 40°C and the boiling point. Whether the water is boiled or not, the most important thing is that when brewing tea, the water must be at the right temperature. If the water boils and is then left to cool until it reaches the right temperature, the tea will be better. If we repeatedly boil the same water and use it to make tea, the tea will not be tasty as the oxygen loses gradually every time we cook it. Besides, the oxygen level decreases as time being. Hence, avoid using the water that has left in a kettle for many days is also vital.
Brewing Different Types of Loose Leaf Tea
Nowadays, many kettles have a temperature setting function that allows us to choose the desired water temperature. What is the right water temperature for tea infusion is always a myth. Most tea companies teach people to brew tea with tea types. However, as a premium tea seller, we would like our readers to know the in-depth background behind the reason why the ways they are. In order to have the best result of the tea taste, we need to change the water temperature and brewing time according to tea shapes! Is it mind-blowing for you? Do not worry, because this is the easiest way to distinguish the tea-making methods.
Rolled Bold Pellets
Many types of Oolong Tea is rolled into bold pellets to reserve the whole leaves and to protect them from damage as well as to retain more flavour. Shiny, tightly rolled pellets are a sign of good quality Oolong tea, indicating that the tea is relatively fresh. As the rolled bold pellet teas are more robust, they required a higher water temperature up to 90°C-95°C and at least 5 minutes for brewing. When the temperature is higher, it is easier to open the tea balls thus all of the tea leaves steep properly in the water. It also allows the water to extra more the flavours from the leaves.