HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT CUP OF LOOSE LEAVES TEA.
Follow the following steps to steep a perfect cup of tea for yourself.
Make sure you use preferable water to get the exact tea you want; fresh, cold, low mineral and unfiltered watered is recommended. The fresher the water, the more you feel the complexion of the tea.
It is very important to use different temperatures for different types of tea. Herbal teas and green teas need boiling water to extract flavors and aroma from the tea. If the water does not boil properly, you will miss out on the wonderful notes and flavor of the tea.
When you see water pearls in the boiling teapot that is the right water to use for oolong teas; as for the black tea and herbal teas, they need boiling water at 212-100[ degrees Celsius] for herbal teas and 210-99[degrees Celsius]. If you are using a kettle, do not over-boil the water.
If you are making black or herbal tea, pre-heat the teapot by swelling it with a little bit of hot water to help your tea steep precisely at the proper temperature. You need perfect boiling water to make a perfect cup of tea.
One spoon of tea leaves for a cup of water
Two cups of water in a 16-ounce teapot require two teaspoons of tealeaves.
A four-cup teapot requires four teaspoons of tealeaves.
Make sure the tea in the tin, container, or whichever package it contains, is closed; tealeaves are stored in custom airtight, opaque packages for food safety to protect the precious leaves inside. Herbal teas should be stored in a dark, cool, dry, and low-humidity place. Never store your teas near a hot surface space like an espresso or coffee machine.
Pour the appropriate temperature of hot water over and steep following the specific instructions for each variety. Steeping times are different between a proper balance of flavors as blenders intend to correct and emphasize a particular profile of different ingredients.
If you steep the tea leaves for too long, you will damage the leaves as it releases too many tans of gases into your cup creating bitter tea. When people taste the bitterness, they naturally react to it by diluting the tea with hot water or even adding sweeteners or honey.
About brewing Herbal Teas
Herbals do not have tonic acids so you can steep them as long as you would like. Recommended steeping time for herbal teas is at least 5 minutes; the longer you steep them, the more powerful the infusion becomes, and the more bitter it becomes. Perfect steeping time equals to perfect flavor and aroma of the tea.