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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
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        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

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              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

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                  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 January 17, 2019

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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