BREWING A PERFECT CUP OF TEA
• Choose a nonporous teacup (ceramic, porcelain, bone china or glass) with a wide rim and a thin lip. An old-fashioned china cup is a perfect choice.
• Start with pure, filtered water, so that the tea doesn’t pick up the taste of the tap. Make sure the teapot is used for brewing tea only, or other flavors might seep through, such as coffee.
• Heat the water to just short of boiling. Generally, green, white and herbal teas need lower-temperature water to bring out their flavors, while black teas can handle the hottest water.
• The perfect measurement of fresh herbs for brewing tea is two to four teaspoons per cup, while dried herbs require one to two teaspoons. Place the herbs in a tea strainer or directly in the water and strain afterwards. If using fresh herbs, press them gently against the side of the pot with a spoon to help release flavor.
• Leave the herbs in the water for two to five minutes to allow the tea to steep. Anything longer might produce too strong of a tea, but it all comes down to personal taste. Although black teas darken, herbal teas stay light, so it’s important to watch the clock.
• Be sure to remove the teabag, strainer or fresh herbs before you drink.
• To make iced tea, let the tea cool completely, then add ice.
• Relax and enjoy your fresh cup of tea.