Array
Wellness

How to Prep a Perfect Cup of Tea

There is an art behind each cup

Shares
Original Article: Binky Ilusorio Photography: Ocs Alvarez (Main Photos)

Tea has been proven to have many positive effects on our health, like helping us get rid of bad toxins and lessening the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Prepping tea is not simply about dropping a tea bag in a mug of hot water—there is an art in brewing the perfect cup. Achieve a calming reward with these tips:


1. Whenever possible, use loose-leaf tea instead of tea bags, which usually contain tea that is made up of broken, dusty bits of lesser-quality leaves.

READ: 5 Unexpected Uses For Teabags

2. Tea should never be allowed to steep for too long, or you’ll end up with bitter, ruined tea. If you want your tea stronger, add more leaves rather than allowing the tea to steep for longer than recommended.

3. Boil fresh tap or bottled water, not distilled water. Avoid using old heated water, which tends to be flat and is therefore less than ideal for making tea.


4. When it comes to infusing loose-leaf teas, it is always better to use a tea strainer or an infuser basket than a tea ball or a clamping spoon. This way, the leaves have more room to expand and infuse.

5. Buy a beverage thermometer to be sure that you are infusing your teas at the correct temperature. Black teas infuse best with water at the boiling point, while green teas should be used with water at 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

This article originally appeared as “High Tea” in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

10 Refrigerators You Can Buy for P20,000 Or Less

These budget-friendly picks do more than just keep your food fresh for longer

Get the Look of Angel Aquino’s Kitchen and Dining Areas

Achieve a homey vintage aesthetic with the right furniture and accessories

8 Stylish Food Gifts You Don’t Need to Wrap

This holiday season, give your loved ones gifts that are not only thoughtful, but also beautiful

How Heart Evangelista Got A P3,000 Marble Table

The actress and artist shares an interesting story how she acquired the piece

2019 Planners To Help You Be More Organized Next Year

Get ready for 2019!

A Guide to Home Buying Terms, from Amortization to Zonal Value

Before closing any deal, make sure you understand the terms used by sellers and brokers

Create a Garden In Your Kitchen With These Houseplants

Not only will these make your space prettier, but these plants will make you feel better, too

9 Tips to Be a Better Grocery Shopper

Save time and money when you master grocery shopping.

How Much It Costs to Order a Grazing Table in Manila For The Holidays

Adding a grazing table of sumptuous cheeses and cured meats will instantly turn your holiday party into a feast

7 Places in Metro Manila That Used To Be Cemeteries

War, urbanization, modernization or gentrification have found new uses for old burial grounds

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do With Fabric Softener

Fabric softener can help with your laundry, but it also poses several harmful effects not just on your clothes, but even on the environment

South Folks, There's a New P2P Route to Makati

Traveling to the city has just become more convenient
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!