There is a time in every tea lover’s life, when no matter how much he /she likes tea, he/she just feels too lazy to spend time on a proper brewing and wants that cup of tea right now. Sure, there are teabag options out there, thousands and thousands of them, but if you have strongly decided to use only loose leaf, that option is out of the questions. So what can you do to satisfy your tea need when you are in a rush or just feel you are in a too-lazy-to-brew mood?
Here are the best options for black, green and oolong teas.
Sun brewing is perfect for black teas and hot sunny days. All you need is a glass teapot and black tea of your choice. Darjeeling, Nuwara Eliya or Dimbula will give amazing pure results. Put around one big spoon of leaves into a glass teapot or a jar, add one liter of water and let is brew in sun for 3-4 hours. Temperature above 30 degrees are not only good for tanning, but for getting just the right amount of tannins out of the leaves. You can drink it warm or add ice.
Fridge brewing is another great way to prepare tea in summer. Fridge brewing is similar to sun brewing, but instead placing your teapot outside, you place it in the fridge for 4-5 hours. You can leave it overnight if you wish and drink fresh cold tea during your morning workout. Best choices for fridge brewing are green teas – both unflavored and flavored, preferably the ones like Kyoto Cherry or Sencha, or Royal Ceylon Green. Use fresh spring water or tap water if it’s safe and good to drink.
Cup brewing is the easiest way to brew tea with hot water for all those who like semiball-rolled style oolong teas. Place 3-4 grams of leaves into your favorite cup (200-400 ml) and just add hot water (around 85-95 degrees would be perfect). You don’t need to remove the leaves, they will unfurl slowly and stay in the cup. Just add more hot water for a second brew. Orchid oolong or Goji Bubblegum oolong are an excellent choice for this type of brewing and just-want-to-relax-with-a-cup-of-hot-tea mood.
Very similar to cup brewing, except it is used for mostly green Chinese teas. Why? Because you can easily enjoy the beauty of unfurling leaves. Most well-loved choices are jasmine teas and pan-fired light green teas. Warm the glass first, add freshly boiled water and then add 1-3 grams of leaves. Be careful about the temperature, 80 degrees top. Just pour more water over the same leaves if you want another cup. This is the perfect way of brewing when you are in a too-tired-to-brew mood and want an instant energy from green tea.
Pretty brewing is our name for brewing flowering tea. Flowering teas are meant to be brewed in a glass cup as they unfurl to form beautiful shapes made of leaves and flowers. These artisan teas were hand-crafted with special attention placed on every single leaf. Use one flower ball on 150-200 ml of water, 90 degrees Celsius and let it steep for at least 3-5 minutes. Perfect for feeling-low-and-need-beauty-in-life mood.