Six Things You Should Know About Brewing Tea

Brewing Chinese Tea - Photo courtesy of Kevin Jaako
Brewing Chinese Tea – Photo courtesy of Kevin Jaako

1) Not every tea is created equal. Therefore use good quality loose tea as much as possible. Avoid tea bags!
2) Each type of tea requires different brewing method. So there is no room for one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to brewing tea. For instance water should be around 90 degrees Celsius for most oolong teas; but it’s around 60 degrees Celsius for some Japanese green teas.
3) You can go either with Western Style brewing or Chinese Style. While Chinese Style is based on multiple short infusions by using yixing teapot or gaiwan; Western Style uses large teapots or mugs and allows one or two infusions. Go for Chinese Style (aka Gongfu Style) whenever you have the chance, you won’t regret it. Particularly when you brew oolong tea.

Gongfu Style Tea Brewing- Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lobel
Gongfu Style Tea Brewing- Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lobel

4) We’re all creatures of habit. It’s normal that you’ve got some favorites. For some it’s famous Earl Grey, for others it’s nice cup of Silver Needle white tea. However there’re thousands of tea out there waiting to be explored. If you do not have any idea where to start, I suggest you try some oolong tea. Break your habits today!

Tieguanyin Oolong Tea - Photo courtesy of Serena
Tieguanyin Oolong Tea – Photo courtesy of Serena

5) We all spend more time at work than home. Nothing is like a great tea break at work! So get some accessories to brew loose tea at work. Teavana’s Tea Maker and Adagio Teas’ IngenuiTEA are great tools to make nice cup of tea at work.
6) Last but not least, share your tea! Tea is best when it’s accompanied by a nice conversation.

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