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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

            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 September 20, 2018

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                  If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                  1. Breathe

                  The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                  Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                  2. Loosen up

                  After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                  Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                  3. Chew slowly

                  Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                  Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                  Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                  4. Let go

                  Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                  The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                  It’s not. Promise.

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                  Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                  Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                  21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                  5. Enjoy the journey

                  Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                  Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                  6. Look at the big picture

                  The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                  Will this matter to me…

                  • Next week?
                  • Next month?
                  • Next year?
                  • In 10 years?

                  Hint: No, it won’t.

                  I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                  Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                  7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                  You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                  Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                  8. Practice patience every day

                  Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                  Final thoughts

                  Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                  Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                  Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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