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9 Proven Ways To Make A Perfect Cup Of Tea

9 Proven Ways To Make A Perfect Cup Of Tea

Tea is the world’s second most consumed beverage after water (Surprised beer isn’t number 1? Me too!). Americans consume a whopping  3.6 billion gallons of tea a year. Black, green, white, earl grey, English breakfast, oolong are a leafy handful of the 3,000 varieties of tea.

Some scientists dedicate themselves to finding cures for diseases. Others to the creation of the perfect cup of tea.

Here are nine scientifically-supported, researched methods that’ll make your next cup taste even better. So, brew a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy… and then stand up, brew another more perfect cup of tea using what you’ve learned.

1.Time Your Brew

Possibly the most contentious part of making a cup of tea is how long it should be steeped. So what’s the definitive answer? Well, ergh, it depends. You see, every tea is different. Somewhere between two and five minutes is the optimal brewing period, depending on the leaf.

Here’s a handy infographic that’ll look great on your kitchen wall above the kettle.

Don’t have a stop watch? Hit play on these songs in line with the type of tea you’re making.

Green Tea:  Fell in Love With A Girl (1:48) – The White Stripes

Black Tea: Song 2 (2:00) – Blur

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Oolong Tea: Pinball Wizard (3:01) – The Who

White Tea: Sexual Healing (4:00) – Marvin Gaye

Mate/Roobios/Herbal Tea: Smells Like Teen Spirit (5:00) – Nirvana

2.Water Temperature

Boiling Kettle
    Ahh! That’s Hot!
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    Like steeping times, water temperature varies based on the type of tea.

    It ranges from 175 to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (80-100C) depending on the type of tea.

    The UK Tea & Infusions Association (Yes, that’s a thing) says that using water that is too hot for your type of tea will cause a bitter taste.

    3.The Water’s Gotta Be Fresh

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      Stale Water Means Stale Tea
      Credit: .aditya. via Flickr

      Would you take a bath in water that’s been sitting there all day?

      Then don’t use water that’s been sitting idle in the kettle. It doesn’t have to be fresh from the Swiss Alps. Freshly poured from the tap will do.

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      According to a Second World War-Era short film made by the Empire Tea Bureau, always use fresh water when making tea. Stale water means stale tea.

      4.Don’t Be In A Hurry To Drink Your Freshly Brewed Tea

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        Don’t Go Drinking That Tea Just Yet
        Credit: LoKan Sardari via Flickr

        Obviously throwing boiling water down your throat isn’t a good idea but there’s more to it.

        Scientists in England determined that a cup of tea is best consumed after it has be left to sit for six minutes.

        By this time your cup of tea will have cooled to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60C) and released all its flavours.

        It reaches the point of un-drinkability after 17 minutes and 30 seconds. Sure, we’re all busy. But no one is that busy that they take more than 17 minutes to drink a cup of tea!

        5.Cool Your Tea By Leaving A Teaspoon In It

        Teaspoon
          Cool Your Tea With Science.
          Credit: Tom Page via Flickr

          In a hurry to drink your fine brew?

          According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, leaving a teaspoon in your tea for a few seconds is an effective cooling method.

          Cool your tea while impressing your friends with your amazing scientific knowledge.

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          6.When’s the Milk Go In?

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            Put Milk In At The Right Time
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            Humans started drinking milk during the agricultural revolution around 12,000 years ago.

            The argument about whether to put the milk or the tea in first likely began about five minutes later.

            It’s been a long-held point of contention for tea drinkers. So what’s the answer?

            Well both sides of the great milk divide are right.

            If you’re pouring brewed tea from a teapot into a cup it’s perfectly fine to add the milk first.

            However, if you’re pouring boiling water directly into the cup, NEVER put the teabag in with the milk first. The milk will cool the water and the tea won’t brew properly.

            7.If It’s Not Stored Tight, It Won’t Taste Right

            Star Wars Tea
              Make Sure The Tea Tastes Right For Your Friends
              Credit: DeviantArt

              Tea sucks up moisture and odor which can spoil the taste of your tea.

              If your tea isn’t stored properly, away from strong odored food stuffs, it won’t matter how perfect your steeping period and water temperature are, its taste will be compromised from the outset.

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              8.Loose Leaf or Tea Bag?

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                Leave Teabags To Your Cat
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                Simply, loose leaf.

                Tea leaves in loose leaf tea have the freedom to unfurl completely during the steeping process, providing a better flavor and fully releasing the tea’s catechins (the health-boosting antioxidants in tea).

                The more finely chopped leaves of tea bags can leave small particles and produce a lesser flavor.

                You can also re-steep loose leaf tea leaves.

                Yeah, yeah, I know, the whole convenience thing. But are you willing to trade flavour and benefits for convenience?

                9.Do What George Orwell Tells You, Make It Strong

                Orwell
                  Orwell Knows Best
                  Credit: Wikimedia

                  Famed tea enthusiast George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay A Nice Cup Of Tea: “One strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones.”

                  Can’t argue with that.

                  Featured photo credit: Haneburger via Wikimedia via upload.wikimedia.org

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                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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