The ultimate guide to herbal tea preparation
Whether you are a herbal tea fanatic that can’t start your day without your cup of herbal tea or a novel herbal tea enthusiast who curiously picked up an interesting herbal tea on your weekly shopping run, we know that you could use a few tips on how to brew the perfect cup of herbal tea. This is especially important since even the slightest change in the brewing method can impact the flavor and the nutritional value of your cup of herbal tea. So, that’s why we thought of walking you through how to brew the perfect cup of herbal tea – connoisseurs’ notes!
Choose your tea
We believe that good tea doesn’t always have to be expensive. However, that does not mean you should compromise on quality for a low price. That is why finding a tea that sources the best herbs, focuses on retaining the nutrients of the herbs while processing and offers it to you at a reasonable price is key. It is also important to pick the right tea for your specific needs. Different herbs have different strengths. So, be sure to do your research and find the perfect blend that brings all the healthy nutrients your body needs.
How much nutrients you get from your cup of herbal tea largely depends on the freshness of the herbs inside the tea bags. So, always make sure to pay attention to this. One of the best indicators of this freshness factor is foil enveloped tea bags. This ensures that these herbs won’t be contaminated by other foreign matter, which will make them last longer and give you more taste!
The water you should use
Water will be one of the most important ingredients you will use when preparing your tea. Although it may not look like it at first glance, different types of water carry different flavors and aromas. So, the slightest change in your water can affect the flavor and aroma of your tea as well. This is why it is not recommended to use tap water and mineral water for brewing tea since they tend to create many chemicals and impurities. Instead, use spring water. You could also use filtered water obtained from a filter that contains an activated carbon filter if you can’t find spring water.
Changes in water temperature can change the infusion process which can result in a cup that’s too light or strong in flavor, color and aroma. This can change your whole tea drinking experience. According to tea connoisseurs, the ideal water temperature to brew tea is 100°C.
We don’t recommend reboiling water at any time for any use, because the lead and fluoride content ends up getting more concentrated and that can be a risk factor for chronic diseases. So it’s always safe to use fresh water every time you boil it.
First, preheat the teacups by pouring some hot water over them, this prevents any sudden temperature change which can affect the flavor of your tea. Place in the teabag and pour water that has been boiled to 100°c and let it steep for 4-6 minutes.
If you are using fresh herbs like ginger and turmeric roots, flowers and fruits the brewing time highly varies. For gentle herbs like flowers and fruits, 2 – 3 minutes should do the trick and if the flavor is too light you can additionally brew for another 1 or 2 minutes. For stronger herbs like the roots mentioned above a time period of at least 10 minutes should be given for the extraction to go well.
Once your tea has steeped for the required amount of time, use a dry spoon to give it a swirl. This will help to incorporate any precipitations and enhance the flavor of your tea so you know your cuppa will taste good.
Adding more flavor
Your cuppa is now ready, but it can always be better! If you’d like, you can add any sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. But make sure you don’t over-add it because it’s only a flavor enhancer and shouldn’t over highlight the tea’s natural flavor.
So do you think we convinced you enough to try a cup if you haven’t already? We hope this read was interesting and that you considered trying it out. Enjoy your tea and happy brewing!