4 Simple Hacks to Prepare
the Perfect Blend of Tea

With a new breed of specialty coffee shops invading our shores in recent years, tea has been facing stiff competition from the espressos, cappuccinos and lattes as the hot drink of choice for many. Sure, most teas may not look at Insta-worthy as that latte art by your favourite barista, but with tea lounges like Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery serving up artisanal teas that taste as pretty as they look, we’re sold.   

Ready to enjoy a spot of tea? If you don’t have the time to head down to a tea lounge, here are 4 simple hacks to brewing the perfect cup.

1.Watch the water

Always use fresh cold water to prepare tea, and bring it to a gentle boil. Pre-heated water or water that has been held at a fierce, rolling boil has mostly likely been overheated – meaning it loses oxygen content – which can leave tea tasting dull and flat.

2.Set the timer

Different kinds of tea require different lengths of time for brewing. As a general rule, delicate teas like green tea need shorter brewing times while heartier black teas and earthy, fermented teas benefit from longer infusions.

3.Teapots: Not just a pretty face

Tea brewing is actually an exact science and the teapot isn’t just for making your afternoon tea look better. The material of the teapot actually affects the quality of the infusion – iron and similarly heavy materials are great for extracting flavors from tea that require high temperatures, while glass and porcelain are better for delicate teas that need a vessel that stays cooler. 

4.Tap, spring or mineral?

Purified and spring water are actually best for tea, as they have some natural minerals content that enhances the tea’s flavor. Avoid distilled water since the lack of minerals will leave the tea tasting flat.

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