The Ultimate Tea Brewing Guide
Celebrated by communities across the globe, adored for the benefits and delicious taste you get from specific brews, and the centre-point of many self-care rituals and get-togethers alike - tea is truly terrific.
With the history of tea spanning a few thousand years and hundreds of cultures, naturally, the techniques of making tea, the types available and the varying flavour profiles you can create, have evolved. This is why we have access to such a wide variety of rich and tasty teas to choose from today. And as the world of tea has evolved, offering a variety of teas to suit every taste and occasion, so to have the best ways of making that perfect brew.
Whether it’s got milk or it’s sugar-free, plain black or a herbal infusion, when it comes to making the perfect cuppa, there are so many factors at play. Worry not though, because today we’re sharing a guide on the best ways to go about brewing that perfect cuppa. So if you’re interested in fine-tuning your tea brewing techniques so you can make a perfect cup every time, read on and get the tips to become a tea-making pro!
The Basics of Brewing Tea
To brew that perfect cup, it’s important to have the basics of tea-making down - so, let’s explore.
First, let’s focus on what you need to make the perfect cup of tea. Fortunately, to make a good cup of tea, you simply need a tea of your choosing - either loose leaf or tea bags - and hot water. If you like, you can also add milk and sugar to your tea to suit your taste. But consider trying your tea plain first, to see if you like it before adding additives. To achieve the perfect cuppa though, you need to make sure you’re using a quality tea and good water to best bring out the flavours of your tea. So for your water, always try to use fresh cold water when you can. If you’re using tap water, you should let it run cold for a little before filling the kettle. Tea needs oxygen to unlock its delightful flavours, and water loses oxygen when it sits in the pipes for too long or is continuously re-boiled in the kettle. So for a perfect cup every time, try to use fresh cold water.
In terms of the tea you pick, this is really up to your preference, just make sure it’s a good quality one. If you want to make a strong, quality cup of black tea, then Joko should be your pick. Expertly blended from a selection of the finest leaves, when you use Joko, a strong and flavourful cup of tea is guaranteed!
How to Brew Tea for a Perfect Cuppa
You may have wondered, ‘what is the best way to brew tea?’. The answer would be: it depends on whether it is a loose leaf or a tea bag. So when it comes to how to brew loose-leaf tea, if you’re making Joko’s loose-leaf tea, for example, the best way would be with an infuser or a tea strainer. With an infuser, once steeped, simply remove the infuser and your tea is ready to be enjoyed. If you don’t have an infuser, that’s fine, you’ll just need to strain the tea and pour it into another cup to keep it from becoming too strong.
To brew the perfect cup of tea from a tea bag, simply ensure you’re using the best quality ingredients as discussed above.
The Techniques of Tea Brewing
To brew a perfect cup of tea:
Make sure the water you use is at the right temperature for the type of tea you’re using as different types require different temperatures.
Make sure the mug or teapot you use is clean to get the best taste from your cuppa.
Brew your tea according to the appropriate brewing time needed for the type of tea you chose, and the strength of flavour you desire. For example, Joko black tea has a recommended brewing time of 3 to 5 minutes. If the tea gets too strong, you’ll know to brew it for a shorter period next time.
Once brewed, separate your tea leaves from your tea immediately, to avoid the tea becoming bitter or too strong.
Brewing tea can be confusing with all the different types and everybody’s differing tastes. But to make the perfect cup of tea every time, simply follow this guide.