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The quick guide to brewing tea

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A gently steaming cup of aromatic tea can be one of the most soothing drinks you can have in a busy day.  Ironically, it is most likely to be prepared by hurriedly dunking a tea bag in a cup of boiling hot water.

But savouring the full flavours of a great tea can be an art. The preparation and drinking of tea can be a cultural activity in Asian countries like Japan, where a tea ceremony, influenced by Zen Buddhism, can take up to four hours. 

While it’s unlikely that most of us have four hours to brew and enjoy any beverage, there are practices we can easily adapt to enjoy the full flavours of a good cup of tea.

 

Use good water

Tea is best prepared with fresh water if available. Spring water is best. Tap water tends to contain additives like chorine and fluoride, which can affect the flavour of tea greatly.  Even purified and spring water – each has different mineral content – can differ in taste.  Which one you use depends on personal taste.

The Aquasense features 3M filtration technology that removes heavy metals and organic impurities from tap water, resulting in cleaner, better tasting H20.

If you are using tap water to brew your tea, do not use heated tap water, as this could add additional impurities from your home’s water heater.  Try using water filters first, like the Electrolux AquaSense to remove any impurities from tap water before using it to brew tea. The AquaSense has 3M purification technology that removes limescale, chlorine and other organic impurities that affect the taste of water. This ensures a purer, fuller flavour in tea brewed with filtered water.

 

Choose good teas

Depending on personal taste, you may prefer different types of teas, such as green, white or black tea.  Each type is also prepared slightly differently.

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Brewing tea can be an art, with several Asian cultures developing elaborate tea ceremonies to appreciate the beverage.

High quality tea leaves are usually young and whole, and close to the colour of the leaf when it was picked. The broken tea leaves sold in teabags in supermarkets are usually made from lower quality tea leaves, although black tea leaves are sometimes cut to give a stronger flavour.  When brewed, a high quality tea should have a colour close to that of the tea leaf.

 

Use an optimal water temperature

Another critical element in preparing the perfect cup of tea, the temperature of the water used should be right for the type of tea. Heat the water until it reaches a boil, then let it cool to the optimal temperature before brewing the tea. A general guideline is about 65oC for green tea, 82 oC for white tea and 90oC for black tea.  An electric water kettle like the Electrolux EEK3200 can help to boil water for tea easily, quickly and safely, while a clean cooking thermometer can be used to measure the temperature of the water as it cools.

 

Get the steeping time right

As a general rule, use one to two teaspoons of tea for an 8-ounce cup, although this can differ with personal tastes. It is best to brew tea using loose leaves in a teapot, as this method allows maximum freedom for the leaves to unfurl and release their flavours.

 

Each type of tea should steep for a certain amount of time before consumption, as this gives time for the tea to reach its maximum flavour.  Just be mindful that over-steeping can cause the tea to become bitter. White tea, the most delicate type, should be steeped for three to six minutes, green tea for two to three minutes and black tea for one to two minutes. Once done, sit back and enjoy the zen of a perfectly brewed tea.

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