This is for all the tea fanatics out there!
There are plenty of ways to enjoy a cup of tea and if you like experimenting with different flavours or customizing your tea, then here are a few popular tea-brewing methods from around the world that you can try.
The process of brewing tea in a pot can be started by swirling a little boiling water around the empty teapot as tea likes hot water. You can even use water to warm the teacups before pouring tea into it. Next, add tea into the pot and pour hot water into it and stir. Keep it aside for about five minutes for the flavour to set. Your pot tea is now ready! Milk/cream/sugar/honey can be added as per taste once you pour it into a cup. Some prefer pouring the milk into the cup first and then pouring the tea, but that is really only a matter of personal preference.
This brewing method is most popular in China and with this one can relish the taste of tea. All you have to do is fill a large cup with tea leaves and hot water (not necessarily boiling though). There is no infuser required and you need not even worry about the steeping time as well. Just top off the water when the cup is half full. Large, loose tea leaves are preferred for this method as smaller leaves may over steep or turn bitter more quickly. For all the laid-back tea lovers out there, this is definitely something you must try for some amazing tea!
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This brewing method originated in Japan and it needs a little patience. However, once done you can drink the best ice tea ever! Though there are special tea bags available for cold brewing, any kind of loose tea leaves or bags can be used. Tea here is steeped in cold or room temperature water for an extended period of time. The process brews the tea leaves slowly, using time rather than temperature to release the flavours.
Tetsubin is a Japanese cast-iron kettle with a pouring spout, a lid, and a handle crossing over the top. They retain heat longer than any other serving method, remaining hot for almost an hour. The process of brewing tea here involves selecting your tea type, pre-heating the pot, measuring the tea, heating and then steeping it. Small cups of cast-iron are also available with tetsubin. Pouring tea into these cups for serving looks great too!
THE INDIAN BREW
The typical Indian tea has a deep colour, is milky and very rich in flavour. It’s also steaming hot and needs sugar to balance the pleasant bitter taste. Begin by bringing milk, water and optional spices (ginger is a favourite, especially during winters/monsoon) of your choice to a simmer. Reduce the heat to the lowest and add the tea leaves. Leave it on till you see it take on a deep tan colour. This is certainly one of the easiest ways to brew a cup of chai.
Do try out the different brewing methods and let us know which one you like the best!