"Each preparation of the leaves has its individuality, its special affinity with water and heat, its own method of telling a story. The truly beautiful must always be in it."
- The Book Of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura (1906)
The basic dogma behind any kind of tea is to steep the tea in hot water then remove and drink. However, as highlighted by the quote above each tea is unique and therefore has a unique preparation. On Eli Tea products and webpages I often use industry standard steeping guidelines and I do so with the intention of preventing new and experienced tea drinkers alike from becoming overwhelmed by tea preparation. The individual unique brewing instructions for most teas are usually quite close to the parameters of the general tea brewing guidelines. In a way really, these individual brewing instructions find their roots in tea ceremonies which fall in and out of fashion. With this page I hope to both offer you the information of how to brew everything from a basic cup of tea to some fancy tea brewing techniques like the kashmiri pink tea.
How to Brew Tea
- Heat water and measure tea
- Steep tea in hot water
- Remove tea before it becomes over steeped.
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- Always use cold "fresh" water
- Take into consideration the source and quality of your water
- Use an appropriate heating vessel
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How to Make Milk Tea - How to Make Chai Tea
- Use a generous serving of tea when brewing in milk
- Gently stir to avoid burning the milk
- Milk tea brews generally should be boiled for 5-10 min
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How to Brew Chai Tea
How to make a Thai Style Tea
How to Brew Tea in a Turkish double Kettle