Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Make (and Enjoy) the Perfect Cup of Tea

As you may already know, I’m slightly obsessed with tea. For real, there are few things I love more in this world than a fresh, hot cup of tea! I have a few favorite types of tea, as well as teas that I like to drink at different times of the day (which you can read about in this post). But honestly, I’ll take any cup of tea, any day, any time!

So, as a seasoned tea drinker, allow me to share with you a step-by-step guide to making and, most importantly, enjoying the perfect cup of tea.

1. Boil water.
Use a tea kettle or a hot pot (which is what I use in my dorm room) to bring water to a boil. You can even use a Keurig, if you have one ~ if you fire it up with no pod inside, it will give you hot water. Either way, be sure to actually boil water, instead of heating up a mug of water in the microwave ~ it will make for a much better cup of tea.

2. Steep for the right amount of time.
Check the instructions on the tea’s bag or box for how long it should brew, as the brew time varies for different types of tea. Then steep the tea bag in freshly boiled water for the allotted amount of time. Avoid over steeping your tea or not steeping it long enough, so that you really get the full flavor of the tea. I recommend setting a timer so that you get exactly the right length of steeping time!

3. Add sweetener, if necessary.
For most types of tea, I honestly recommend just drinking it straight, without any added sweetener. Just enjoy the tea’s natural flavor! But when drinking certain types (especially black teas), or if you find the taste of tea bitter, you might just need a little sweetener. In those cases, I recommend using honey. It’s a much healthier, more natural sweetener than sugar or Splenda or some such artificial sweetener ~ not to mention it’s delicious!

4. Drink it while it’s hot.
In my opinion, tea is best consumed hot. So let it cool off enough that you won’t burn your tongue, of course ~ but don’t wait too long! Once it reaches a comfortable drinking temperature, bottoms up! If your tea ends up getting too cold, you can reheat it in the microwave, or alternatively, you can turn it into iced tea by adding some ice cubes or chilling it in the fridge for a while.

5. Find a cozy spot.
A cup of tea isn’t complete without a lovely setting to consume it in! Your tea-drinking setting could be a number of things, depending on the tea-drinking occasion. Here are some possible scenarios: Curl up in a cozy chair with a book in one hand and your teacup in the other. If you’re studying, bring your books and your tea to a table by a window. Share tea and conversation with a friend on the living room couch. Drink some morning tea at the kitchen table, with some reading or prayer time to go with it. Wherever or however you drink your tea, enjoy it!

Are you a tea drinker? How do you take your tea?


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