How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
One of my favorite songs is Sting’s Englishman in New York. Particularly the lyric “I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea my dear.” That describes me perfectly. Well, kind of. I drink coffee on occasion, but I prefer tea. Specifically, Earl Grey tea. The aroma of bergamot oranges instantly relaxes me, and the warmth of the drink just about puts me in a trance. So, I thought I’d share with you how I go about making the perfect pot of tea.
First, let me tell you about my go to brewing and serving device. I got this kettle from STYLEVISA. What’s brilliant about it is you use the little silicone rope to pull the tea leaves out of the water without opening the lid and letting all the heat escape. Plus, it’s a great design that I actually use as a centerpiece of my kitchen table.
Next, the tea. I always laugh when Ina Garten says “use good (ingredient)…” but here I’m going to do the exact same thing. Make sure that you use good loose tea leaves. Typically, you can find the good brands in your local European supermarket near the coffee section. My favorite is Twining’s Earl Grey, a very well known brand that you should easily be able to get your hands on. If you can’t find it at your local market, click the name of the tea above and you’ll be able to buy it from Amazon.
So, we have the tea and the kettle that I use, so let’s get to the method. First, I scoop about two tablespoons of tea into the infuser of my kettle and then pour in water that has been parboiled. The next step is a judgement call; I prefer a lighter tea, many of my friends like a tea that’s very dark. Typically, I’ll let the tea steep for about four minutes, and since I’m obsessive compulsive, I’ll use a timer. But do what feels right to you. I just don’t like a very bitter tea. When the time is up, remove the infuser (in my case I simply pull up the infuser), and pour yourself a cup. I like to have my Earl Grey with sugar substitute (my new favorite is Monk Fruit In The Raw) and a squeeze of lemon. I guess you could say it really is “easy peasy lemon squeezy.” Enjoy!