Brewing Tea, Black loose leaf tea is easy. First you will be amazed at the flavor when drinking this loose leaf. Your taste buds will thank you.
This is one of the easiest teas to brew. Many of us where introduce to Black tea in the form of popular name brand teabags with Orange Pekoe written on the box.
Still there are a few things to consider when brewing it in loose leaf form. Before we get started if you are not familiar with brewing tea basics you might want to check it out.
When brewing tea,loose leaf Black tea, it can withstand a higher water temperature. Still care is needed when brewing. Steep the leaves too long and you will have a bitter tasting tea.
Black tea leaves for the most part are best brewed only once. On occasion I personally have re-brewed a batch, but the flavor is just not as intense.
To brew a cup of black tea, here are some standard guidelines.
190 F - 200 F
88 C- 93 c
Here is what the water should look like at this temperature.
"String of Pearls"
What does a "string of pearls" look like in water?
This is when the water almost comes to a boil. You will see tiny bubbles appear to loop near the perimeter of the your kettle or pot.
How long to brew?
First always follow the time frame provided by your tea merchants. This should be on the label.
For one steeping only brew a minimum of 2 to 3 minutes to a maximum of 5 minutes.
I’ve said this before, I'm going to say it again - Always cover your loose leaf tea leaves while brewing. The leaves will only unfurl (open up) if covered.
When purchasing Black loose leaf tea, buy only what you think you will consume within one year.
When in doubt buy a small amount
Just make sure when trying a new type..buy a small amount first. If you like it buy more next time.
When storing Black Tea make sure you keep the bags tightly closed. Black aromas should be seperated from the other teas. Reason - the others will pick up the flavors of the aromas.
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Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Here is my favorite way to brew a morning cup of tea.
Love this tea press. It allows me to steep my tea and keep it in the same pot to enjoy for a morning brew. The design makes it easier in the morning when things get a little busy, since I don't have to transfer the tea to another pot.
I find the best tea to use in this little gem is the smaller cut leaves. Many of these are breakfast favorites like English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, and Earl Gray.
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