What's the right temperature for a hot tea? Is it okay to leave the teabag in the pot? Well, in Kurt Cobain's words: "Practice makes perfect, but nobody's perfect, so why practice?"
It's not necessary to practice over and over how to reach the perfect cup of tea when it only takes a few minutes to read this list and discover the most valuable secrets to make the best pot ever.
Just The Right Amout
From Redittor u/Ghawblin:
No one here has gone into the fundamental errors people make when making tea that makes people not like it.
DO NOT STEEP TOO HOT. If you steep too hot, tannins get released. Tannin is a super bitter film that can be released that a lot of plant matter has, some more than others. If you boil a pot with tea in it, you're going to get an acidic and bitter brew that coats the inside of your mouth. Same for the people who nuke a mug with a tea bag in it. Black tea typically steeps around 200 F, green around 175 F.
DO NOT OVERSTEEP. If you want stronger tea, use more, not longer. Five minutes of steep is the most you want to do. Again, to avoid releasing tannin and other off-flavors.
Do those two things and even the floor sweepings that are Lipton will taste good.
I've had friends/family go, "I don't like tea, no matter how much I sweeten it, it's too bitter." Ask them how they make it and [they'll say], "Oh, I'll boil a pot with some bags in it for 15 minutes" or "I put a bag in my mug with some water and microwave it for five minutes." Well, no sh*t. It's like saying you hate pizza, yet you've only ever cooked it at 500 F for an hour.Good tea tip?
From Redditor u/AdvocateSaint:
Get a proper kettle instead of boiling your water in the microwave like a heathen.Good tea tip?
Little By Little
From Redditor u/Nebula_Astro7:
I am Indian and my whole family loves chai. Here’s how you prepare it if you wanna give it a [try].
1. Warm-up about half a cup of water in a pot.
2. Add your tea leaves (a spoonful or a little more).
3. Grate and add a very small piece of ginger (this is optional).
4. You can add green cardamom seeds and/or cinnamon if you like (don’t add too much).
5. Add sugar as per your taste. I usually add 1 1/2 teaspoons for 1 cup of chai.
6. Allow the water and tea leaves to [boil].
7. Pour a cup of milk into the boiling mixture. Give it a stir and leave it as it is.
When your chai has boiled, strain it into a mug and enjoy!Good tea tip?
It's 5 O'Clock In England
From Redditor u/PFMortgage:
I'm English and a prolific drinker of black tea. Got to be Yorkshire Tea, ideally Yorkshire Gold but I don't know how available that is in the US? Pour over boiling water, leave for a couple of minutes, a splash of milk. Perfection.
Twinings Earl Grey is another favourite. Lapsang Souchong is also nice for quite a strong, smoky taste.Good tea tip?