Sipping a hot flavorful cup of tea is a good way to relax and relieve stress. Though you may drink tea purely for pleasure, it’s good to remember that tea is also good for your health. Regardless of whether it’s green, black or red tea, it is rich in antioxidants that help your heart.
Health matters aside, tea drinkers want to use the best brewing method to enhance the flavor of tea. Here’s how to do it, according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter:
* Start with loose leaves or tea bags. Use one rounded teaspoon of loose tea per cup. For stronger tea, add an extra bag or an extra teaspoon of leaves to the pot.
* Use fresh, cold water. Run the tap for one minute to aerate the water and to clear standing water from the pipes. The oxygen in water opens up the tea-leaf and helps to bring out the flavor. Bottled water should be shaken before heating it.
* Get the water hot, but don’t overheat. Use a rolling boil for black tea but heat up to the boiling point for green tea.
* Pre-warm your cup. A cold cup can interfere with steeping. Let warm water stand in the cup a few minutes first.
* Steep appropriately. Green tea should be steeped for two minutes, black for five to 10 minutes. Steeping too long can cause a bitter taste.