How To Make The Perfect Brew...
Monday, 4 April 2022
Tea is an intricate part of our daily lives and no matter what you drink or when you drink it. We believe that everyone should have that perfect cup of tea every single day. There are many theories and ideologies behind making the perfect tea and everyone has their own way, their favourite way, the way their mum taught them.
We made ourselves a 'cuppa' and sat down to read Twinnings perfect method to make that special cup of tea...
Essential Rules for Making the Perfect Cup of Tea
Preparing the perfect cup depends on a few simple factors...
1) Choose a Tea to Suit Your Mood
The best place to start is to find the right tea you're in the mood for.
If you're tired, a good cup of black tea could give you an energising boost. If you're a bit full up from that yummy meal you have just eaten, a nice cup of peppermint is said to aid digestion. And if you're quite awake but wanting to go to bed, a soothing cup of camomile could help you relax into that deep peaceful sleep.
Whatever your mood, there is a tea to suit. Check out Twinnings Collection here.
2) Use Decent Tea, of Course!
Strong, fragrant, and full-bodied, whatever your cup of tea, Twinnings have a black tea to suit. Start your day with English Breakfast, add some zing with Lady Grey, and revive with a refreshing afternoon tea.
3) Choose Your Favourite Mug, Cup or Teapot
Once you've decided on the tea that matches your mood, you now need to choose the perfect cup to drink it out of. I'm sure you have your favourite teacup; it's your go to every time and you get that terrible feeling when it's dirty in the dishwasher! Twinnings believe that the teacup is one of the most vital ingredients to a perfect cup of tea. If you love the cup you're drinking out of, it automatically makes the tea taste better.
Now you have chosen your cup it's time to get that kettle boiling.
4) Always Use Freshly Drawn Cold Water
Always use freshly drawn (filtered if possible) cold water in the kettle. Tea loves oxygen as it helps the flavour develop. Most of us are guilty of the following... looking at the kettle seeing there is some old, used water in there and re-boiling…Twinnings say, try your hardest not to do this. If you keep re-boiling the water in the kettle it loses all of its oxygen and then you are left with a really flat cup of tea.
If you boil the kettle with fresh water you will be left with a full cup of oxygenated tea that tastes just divine.
5) Make Sure to Use a Clean Teapot or Mug
Nothing makes tea taste better than when you are sharing it with someone special. Twinnings selection of teapots makes this so easy; They have a fantastic range that will suit all tastes. Find them here.
6) Make Sure the Water Temperature Is Right
Now this is a HUGE one. Even when customers are purchasing a instant hot water tap they ask "is this one that boils to 100 degrees" BUT sometimes, this isn't necessary when your an avid tea drinker.
Most of us in the western world are brought up thinking that all we need to do to make a cup of tea is heat water, add tea, wait a few minutes, then drink it. Although this is basically true, paying attention to the water temperature will help get the best flavour from your tea. Chances are you’ve wondered why your tea doesn’t always taste great or doesn't even taste the same from day to day. While this could be caused by several factors, water temperature is an important one to consider.
Every type of tea has a “right” temperature. When tea is brewed, tannins, amino acids, aroma and flavour compounds are released from the leaves. Some kinds of tea require less heat, while others need more to maximize their distinctive attributes. Brewing at the optimal water temperature for each kind of tea allows the compounds to be released in a balanced way and leads to great tasting tea.
Once your kettle is boiled with fresh water you need to leave it for a few minutes to cool down. Some of you may read this and think 'but I love my tea piping hot?' Leaving it for a few minutes will still produce a very hot cup of tea and will give you better results.
Twinnings top tip is that you should never pour boiling water over a tea bag or loose tea. The reason for this is because the boiling water will burn the tea, it scalds it and therefore, the tea doesn't release all of its maximum flavours.
Tea is a very delicate plant and needs to be cared for in order to receive the full benefits. So once your water has rested for about 2-3 minutes it's ready to be poured onto your tea.
7) Stick to the Brewing Instructions
Now you have poured your water onto your tea you need to let it brew for the recommended time.
Twinnings have a group of professional tea tasters that have travelled the world finding and tasting every tea you could possibly image and you’ll find their recommendation for the perfect time to brew any blend on the box or pouch.
Obviously if you like your tea stronger or weaker that is a personal taste. However, the optimal brewing time will produce a beautiful, smooth cup that will leave you wanting more.
8) Separate Tea From Water Immediately Once Brewed
Now sit back, put those feet up and enjoy a little moment with your well-deserved perfectly brewed cup of tea.