In brewing your tea, you should be sure to use fresh water. Using warm water, prepare your teapot by rinsing it with hot water in order for the temperature of the water you're using for your tea to be a consistent temperature. By following the guidelines and steps below, you can make tea to suit your individual taste.
For your drinking pleasure, a tea infuser will prevent the leaves from floating in your cup as you drink. Chewing on tea leaves while drinking is something you certainly want to avoid, and a tea infuser will do the job. The infuser can also allow you to steep your tea for the specific time recommended for your type of tea.
You can use a long handle or basket type infuser made with stainless steel that will last you for years. The infuser can be used either in a mug or teapot.
You can place the tea infuser either into your tea mug or teapot. Some tea mugs and teapots have infusers designed to fit within them.
Since you need to boil water, you will need a tea kettle. You can use stovetop kettles or electric kettles that will boil the water faster. A saucepan will do the job as well.
For several reasons, you may prefer certified organic tea leaves. Organic tea is free of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Synthetic pesticides can pose health risks to people. The health risks include nervous system damage, birth defects and a disruption to endocrine systems and hormones. Skin and eye irritations, respiratory disorders and some cancers have been linked to the use of synthetic pesticides. Parkinson's Disease and some cancers are also believed to be the result of the use of herbicides.
You can measure your tea leaves with a digital gram scale or a teaspoon.
Digital gram scale: Begin by placing 1 tsp. of loose tea leaves on the scale. Check the weight. If necessary, put a few more leaves on the scale. The weight should be three grams of tea leaves per six ounces of water.
Measuring Spoon: Using a measuring teaspoon, scoop out one round teaspoon of tea leaves for each six ounces of water you use. Large tea leaves such as whites or oolongs will require two round teaspoons of tea for each six ounce cup.
Knowing how to brew herbal tea is much the same as other loose leaf teas. You simply add one teaspoon to your infuser for each cup (6 oz.) of hot water you will be pouring into the teapot. Pour the water over your infuser with the tea leaves.
Steep your herbal tea from five to ten minutes. If you like your tea stronger, add more leaves. Do not steep longer.