Did you know there is more to a good cup of tea than just boiling water and tossing in the tea bag for a few minutes to steep? Here are a few things you should know about different tea varieties and how to prepare the perfect cup of winter tea.
Choosing the Tea 1 of 4A cup of tea is packed full of antioxidants, immune defense benefits and cleansing perks, but what makes a good tea? Good, quality leaves, of course.
Allegro Coffee is committed to using high quality, fresh leaves in every packet of tea. They also want to help you know how to best brew your tea: "Making great tea means starting with the finest-quality tea leaves, heating pure, cold water to the proper temperature and dialing in the perfect steeping time."
Brew Times 2 of 4All tea starts with boiling water, but it's what happens after that for different varieties of teas that makes the difference.
Black tea and herbal infusions - Bring water to a boil. Steep.
Oolong tea - Bring water to a boil. Allow to rest for 1 minutes. Steep.
Green and white teas - Bring water to a boil. Allow to rest for 2 minutes. Steep.
Make it Stronger 3 of 4Just like coffee, some may prefer their tea stronger. Don't be fooled into thinking that a longer steep will mean stronger tea, though. This only creates bitter flavors in the tea. Instead, use an additional tea bag or pack more loose leaf tea to steep for the same amount of time.
L.I.F.E. Jackets 4 of 4Don't forget to grab your L.I.F.E. Jacket. Pick up a L.I.F.E. Jacket reusable canvas cup sleeve from any Whole Foods Market coffee bar and you'll not only be saving your mitts, you'll be helping the Kenyan women who sew each sleeve to send their kids to school.
Above photo credit goes to the talented Kristen of Dine & Dish, who prefers her tea with a bit of honey.
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