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Happiness Is A Cup Of Tea And Magazine

Happiness is a cup of tea and magazine : Living in India you have to have a relation with tea. The stories of tea are ages old. Every generation and every person have some story or other linked to it. We all have grown up seeing our parents and grandparents enjoying the evening weather and chit chatting. A cup of…

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Top 5 Summer Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea has an awesome outstanding taste. This is the best treat that you can give to your friend or visitors. Many high standard restaurants are now offering this drink. Many people have embraced it and they are enjoying taking it. They enjoy taking it with scorns, pancake and other types of snacks. There are several types of this…

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Difference Between Orthodox Tea And CTC Tea

Orthodox tea is the type of tea that is processed through ancient tea manufacturing methods. People prepare it with their hands and then grade it keenly. It is made from a whole leaf unlike in other cases where only the bud and a few leaves are processed. You will need to be alert during the process so that you can…

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Importance Of Tea For Atheletes

IF you are an athlete and finding a way to stay strong and give a good performance, then you should maintain a strict diet. There are numerous health drinks available in the market, but you should select some natural sources of the energy to perform in a better way. Consuming right amount of tea on a regular basis can help…

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Inspirational Tea Quotes

We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What better a time to read, than when you are sipping on a cup of tea? To inspire you and make you remind of most cherished moments, we would like to share few quotes and sayings that would be perfect to bring a smile to your face. “Tea time…

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The Tea Culture Across The World

Tea may be consumed early in the day to heighten calm alertness; it contains L-theanine, theophylline, and bound caffeine (sometimes called theine). Decaffeinated brands are also sold. While herbal teas are also referred to as tea, most of them do not contain leaves from the tea plant. While tea is the second most consumed beverage on Earth after water, in…

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5 Ways to Live an Organic Lifestyle

Organic living is a lifestyle in a way that is healthy for you and the environment. The term “organic” has several definitions, and many people are still confused by it. As for foods, organic means foodstuff that did not go through fertilization and pesticides. As for living, organic simply means a healthy lifestyle, much as the foods that are not…

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Preparing tea is an exercise in simplicity that, to paraphrase the words of the Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu, consists of nothing but boiling water, making the tea, and serving. While these words indeed capture the spirit of tea, preparing any of the hundreds of teas available requires attention and knowledge. Making a delicious cup of tea is a play of tea leaves, the amount of water used, water temperature, the time of infusion, and the vessel the tea is brewed in. Following the correct directions for a tea can make even an

Following the correct directions for a tea can make even an ordinary tea satisfying, while brewing a rare, expensive tea incorrectly can lead to a bitter, undrinkable infusion.  

Water

Always use freshly drawn, cold water to prepare tea. Purified and spring water are best because they are relatively free from pollutants and other substances that can dramatically alter tea's taste. On the other hand, it is preferable for the water to have some natural minerals content, as they may enhance the tea's flavor. For this reason, distilled water should be avoided since the lack of minerals will leave the tea tasting flat. Similarly, one should never use pre-heated water-as from the faucet, for instance. This kind of water has mostly likely been overheated, thereby losing oxygen content while picking up possibly harmful substances from the water pipes.

Traditionally, in Asia, water is always brought to gentle boil before one prepares tea. Boiling water eliminates many harmful germs and bacteria. Though water quality has improved vastly, boiling in the water in this fashion can help to bring out tea's flavor. The water should be heated until a steady stream of air bubbles gently rise to the surface. At this point, the water is sufficiently heated and also has a preferable oxygen content. In contrast, using water that has been held at a fierce, rolling boil can leave tea tasting dull and flat.

Temperature

Temperature is critical in making good tea. The popular conception that boiling water can be used on any kind of tea is actually incorrect. In fact, each variety of tea, from green to black, needs to prepared at a different range of temperature. Because of its more delicate processing, green tea often needs a cooler temperature to bring out the right flavor. Conversely, black tea, which has been fully oxidized, needs much hotter water to bring out its characteristic baked sweetness.

Duration of Infusion

Similar to water temperature, different kinds of tea need to brewed for different lengths of time. Generally, delicate teas such as green tea need to be brewed for shorter times, while heartier black teas and earthy, fermented pu-erh teas benefit from longer infusions. Of course, the duration of the infusion varies with culture and personal preference.

Material of Teapot

While seemingly unimportant at first, the material of the teapot being used also affects the quality of the infusion. When considering a teapot, it is important to consider the variety of tea and the temperature at which it is prepared. Materials like iron or Chinese yixing ware are excellent at retaining heat over long periods of time, while glass or porcelain are more likely to release that heat. Therefore, iron and similarly heavy materials are better for teas that need to be prepared at high temperatures, such as black tea or yixing. A teapot made from iron would keep the water hot enough to extract the teas full flavor. Green and white teas, on the other hand, needs a vessel that stays cooler, such as porcelain. Mentioned below is an elaborate explanation of the best way to brew each kind of tea.