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The best brewing methods for too-lazy-to-brew and other moods

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

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.

Sun brewing

Fridge Brewing

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

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.

Glass Brewing

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.

Glass brewing

Pretty Brewing

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.

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Creating pudding flavors with tea

Chocolate, gellato, pudding, who doesn’t like an occasional treat. Treating yourself doesn’t need to be complicated. If you are an avid tea drinker, enjoying flavors your find irresistible can be done in numerous creative ways.

Vanilla pudding is the perfect base for playing with flavors. It’s easy to make (yes, you can use the instant powder), it doesn’t contain loads of sugar (you add it by your taste) and it welcomes the amazing flavors of black tea.

Which tea to use?
Apple Crunch black tea is our favorite choice for mixing with apple chunks. Our second best choice would be Earl Grey (you can replace apples and cinnamon with raisins). Black and pu’er teas will give the best results. Do not use white or green teas.

What will you be needing?
0.5 litre of milk, 10 grams of loose leaf black tea, 1 bag of instant vanilla pudding, 1 spoon of vanilla sugar, 1 spoon of brown sugar, 1 apple, a bit of powdered cinnamon

Creating pudding flavors with tea
How to do it?
Peel the apple and cut it into small chunks. Place apples, 1 spoon of sugar, cinnamon and water in a pan and let it boil for 20 minutes.
Put 470 ml of milk and tea leaves in another pan and place over  fire for 5-10 minutes. DO not let it boil. Mix the remaining 30 ml of cold milk with instant powder and mix it well until fully dissolved. Strain the leaves from the milk and place it over fire again until boiled. Remove from fire and slowly add the pudding mixture. Stir well to prevent lumps and add boiled apple chunks. Let it simmer for few minutes. Let it cool down.  

When to make it?
Whenever you feel adventurous and want to have kitchen fun times with your favorite black tea.

Creating pudding flavors with tea
What to be careful about?
Remove the tea leaves after 5-10 minutes (depending on a type) or you could get a bitter pudding. Choose tea types that can handle high temperature (for example, Darjeeling should generally be avoided).

What are our suggested combinations?
Chocolate Orange black tea with orange sugar
Berry Berry Pu’er tea with blueberries
Canadian Maple Cream black tea with 1/2 tea spoon of maple syrup at the bottom

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Homemade fluffy lattes

Somewhere in between coffee and tea, latte is a true delight for anyone searching for a dose of energy with a fluffy milky texture. Some people cannot live without milk, and some cannot live without tea. If you belong to both categories, you might want to explore the interesting and huge world of lattes. A lot of teas can be made as a latte – black, matcha, oolong, rooibos, even some herbal ones as well. If you are new to the skill of turning your tea into a delicious slow relaxation drink, start with three suggested types.

Homemade fluffy lattes matcha

Matcha latte

Matcha latte is the simplest of all recipes for enjoying matcha every day. It’s perfect as a coffee substitute, it will give you a bit of energy and a dose of antioxidants all mixed up with rice, soy or cow milk.

Ingredients:

1-2 grams of matcha tea powder
200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
50 ml of hot water cooled down to 80 degrees Celsius
Honey, maple or caramel syrup
Croquant flakes

 

You will need one bowl suitable for making matcha, matcha whisk, pan, milk frother, sifter and your favorite latte tea cup. Bring water to boil and let it cool down to 80 degrees Celsius. Sift matcha powder in the same way you would do for preparing it the regular way. Heat milk over fire without letting it boil and use whisk to make froth. Pour brewed matcha into a tea cup and pour hot milk over it. Add honey or maple syrup and mix well. You can add croquant flakes and sprinkle a bit of matcha powder on the top. Enjoy while hot.

 

Flavored black tea latte

Almost any black tea can be used for making latte. We do recommend using black teas with strong flavor, broken leaves. You can adjust the quantity to suit your taste. More flavor will be extracted from broken smaller leaves.

Ingredients:

200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
100 ml of water
5 grams of loose leaf tea
Honey, maple or caramel syrup

Our suggestions are Canadian Maple Leaf, Chocolate OrangePumpkin Spice or regular Earl Grey. You will also be needing a milk frother, pan and a sifter to sift the leaves from milk. Put milk and water into a pan over low to medium fire. Do not let it boil. Add tea leaves and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Again, do not let it boil. Use frother to make your latte fluffy and light. Remove from fire and let it cool down for a minute or two, then use the strainer while pouring into a cup. Add honey, maple syrup or caramel. If you are using regular unflavored black tea, you can easily add a flavor – vanilla, rum, almond…

 

Spiced up Chai

Homemade fluffy lattes chai

Chai is one of those legendary Indian teas that are impossible not to be liked. Very sweet, very aromatic, and very delicious. If your Chai tasting experience never got further from instant tea bags, it’s time you get that pan on fire. The best Chai will require a bit of time, not only pouring your tea leaves with hot water and adding milk. You can use pre-made blends or mix your own.

Ingredients:

10 grams of lack tea leaves (we recommend Nuwara Eliya black tea)
Around 10 cardamom seeds
Few black peppercorns
Few anise seed1 Cinnamon stick (Ceylon type)
500 ml of milk
800 ml of water
4-6 tablespoons of sugar (or maple syrup)

Crush the spices a bit to allowed them to release more flavor. You do not need to torture them, slightly crushing will be enough. You can play with spices and add or remove those that you like or don’t like. Nutmeg, cloves, ginger, all taste great in Chai. Put water and spices in a pan and bring it to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add tea leaves and let it simmer on a very low fire for around 2 minutes, then add milk and sugar and let it simmer for additional 5 minutes while stirring. Use strainer when pouring Chai into tea cups.

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