Yes, if you are in a hurry and just want a quick cup use your tea bag and boiled water.
You might want to learn how to elevate the joyful and relaxing experience of drinking a great cup of tea.
Tea using loose leaf teas has a few extra steps, but is so much more enjoyable! Also use a tea kettle, not a microwave, since that changes the taste and texture of your water.
Many teas can differ in benefits and taste depending on the water temperature, steeping times, and any added ingredients.
- Use filtered water, the better the water, the better the tea will taste…you will get the best flavors in your tea leaf. Tap or unfiltered water has minerals, or chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, and lead. So, you do not get the “real taste”, of your tea leaves, without chemical interference.
- Set the correct water temperatures. Some tea leaves need boiled water others just before water starts to boil, so hot only, especially green teas.
- Steep tea leaves the correct amount of time. Most recommend 4 ounces of leaves per cup. Each tea type has a different brewing time. If you over steep it will get bitter. Follow directions on your product box.
Here are some simple steep times: Black Tea- 2-4 minutes, Green or oolong tea -3 minutes, white tea- 4 minutes, Herbal teas- range from 5-10 minutes, called an infusion.
- Do not keep the tea leaves in the boiled water after steeping, it will be too strong. Use an infuser that you can remove from your pot or strain the leaves out when pouring your cup. (You can re-steep some leaves 2-3 x more for more cups of tea)
- It helps to Pre-warm your teapot or cups. Pre-warm by pouring in hot water, swirling around, and tossing it out. Then add your tea and more boiled water, this helps to brew tea properly.
If your herbs are roots, stems, or barks you will need to boil or make a decoction, and need to brew in boiling water for 5-15 minutes since these hardier herbs take longer to release their benefits.
There are so many different flavors of green teas available, use recommended times to brew so you can benefit from all the herbs compounds.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.