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How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea
by Lurline T. Wagner

  1. Fill the teakettle with freshly drawn tap water, unless your tap water is extremely hard. In that case, you may want to use bottled water because tea will not infuse as easly in hard water.

  2. Just before the water boils, warm your teapot by pouring about an inch of hot water into it from the teakettle and swirl around inside the pot.

  3. Pour the water out of the teapot and add one rounded teaspoon of loose tea per cup, plus one for the pot.

  4. When the water comes to a rolling boil, bring the teapot to the teakettle and pour the water over the tea leaves and allow to steep for the recommended amount of time.

  5. Stir once and cover your teapot with a tea cozy if desired until the tea has finished brewing.



Water Temperature:  

Steeping Time:

Most teas should be prepared with boiling water. Green, White, Oolong and some Jasmine teas are the exception to this rule and should not be made with boiling water. Instead, the water temperature should be no hotter than 180F.   Black 3-5
  Green 1-2
  Oolong 1-2
  Herbal infusions 4-5
  Whole fruit teas 5

Brewing Iced Tea...

  • Double the amount of tea leaves you would normally use, then brew as usual.

  • Use high quality tea leaves.

  • When making tea for a crowd, brew a large amount ahead of time, again using twice as many tea leaves. Chill. When ready to serve, pour this essence in a pot. Double the tea by adding just as much cold water as there was essence.

  • If your iced tea is cloudy, add slices of citrus fruit.

  • Serve iced tea with unique garnishes, such as sprigs of lavender, lemon verbena, spears of fresh pineapple and edible flowers.


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