The best tea brewing techniques

In a pot

This is handy for when you want to make a lot of tea but don’t have a teapot, but it really shines for making traditional masala chai. There’s no reason that you have to limit yourself to chai, though.

Using a Paper Sachet to Brew Tea

You can purchase ready-made paper pouches for brewing loose leaf tea, or make your own from a coffee filter or other similar foodsafe paper. This option is convenient for when easy cleanup is a priority because paper teabags are disposable, which will save you time during cleanup.

The Yorkshire Tea method

According to Yorkshire Tea, it's fairly simple. The first step is running the tap, to aerate it and allow more oxygen to get in. After popping a teabag into your mug, add the boiling water and stir it briefly. Four to five minutes is the recommended wait time. The teabag should be squeezed, lightly, before removal.

The most useful tips on how to make tasty tea

Heat the water properly

Heat the water and pour it directly over the leaves. (Use about one teaspoon of tea per cup.) For green teas, heat it to the point where bubbles just begin to form. For oolong teas, heat the water until the bubbles start to release and it is beginning to boil. For black tea, allow the water to come to a gentle boil.

(Don't) have it in the bag!

Loose leaf teas will provide you with a more flavorful steep. Tea bags usually contain "dust and fannings," which is lower quality, broken pieces of the tea plant. Though loose leaf teas will require a steeping apparatus, the extra step will be worth it in the end.

Check the brewing time

The time you leave the tea in the pot depends on the type of tea, so make sure you look for steeping instructions – most good-quality teas will tell you how long they need on the packet.

Top tea varieties

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Oolong Tea
Oolong loose leaf tea is considered the happy medium between green tea and black tea. The tea is harvested from tea plantations and undergoes a partial oxidation process.
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Matcha Tea
Matcha is made by grinding up green tea leaves into a powder, which is whisked together with a small amount of water. You ingest the whole leaf, which makes this variety extremely healthy, and it's especially popular in Japanese tea ceremonies.
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Darjeeling Tea
Darjeeling tea is produced only in the Darjeeling region of India, a high altitude region where there is a mist in the air almost constantly providing a cool and moist environment for the tea trees. This unique terrain produces tea leaves that have a very distinct flavor.

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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify the major varieties of teas from around the world. In addition, you will understand the ancient knowledge of tea's healing benefits. This course provides an exciting basic introduction into the world of tea. It gives an informative look into the history, types, processing, and benefits of tea. Have you yet found out your favorite type of tea? Then visit our online tea making courses and don't hesitate to make one of your favorite sorts of tea!

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