I know that making a cup of tea seems pretty straight forward, but it is actually quite an art to make the perfect cup of tea.
Here are 10 tea mistakes that you are probably making
1. Boiling Your Water
Water’s boiling point is typically at 212F. You rarely need to heat your water to the point of boiling. Only strong black tea, rooibos, and certain herbal blends should be heated to the point of boiling or almost boiling. Make sure you research the correct water temperature before making your tea!
2. Over Steeping
Even though you want to extract as much flavor as possible from your tea leaves, over steeping can result in a very bitter brew! What causes the bitterness? The longer the tea steeps, the more tannins are released into the water. Tannins are responsible for the dark color and bitter taste in some tea.
3. Under Steeping
Under steeping can be just as bad as over steeping. No one wants a weak cup of tea. Make sure you research the proper steeping time before making you cup. You’ll notice in the chart above, each tea needs a different steeping time.
4. Drinking Your Tea with a Meal
I know many people love to enjoy a big cup of tea with their breakfast but drinking with a meal actually inhibits your digestion. Opt for drinking your tea before or after a meal.
5. Drinking Tea on an Empty Stomach
Drinking tea on an empty stomach can really upset your tummy! If you are one of those people who skips breakfast but needs a hot drink, opt for white tea. White tea is more gentle on your stomach.
6. Drinking Tea Before Bed
I’m not saying all teas are bad to drink before bed, but make sure you check the caffeine content before drinking your tea! Drinking a big cup of black tea right before bed will decrease the quality of your sleep and may even keep you up all night. Opt for a rooibos or a caffeine-free herbal blend before bed.
7. Buying Tea with Pesticides
I could go on and on about this. CHECK YOUR TEA BEFORE YOU BUY IT! Many teas aren’t washed before being packaged. If they were sprayed with pesticides then you are just consuming all those chemicals. Try to find organic, pesticide-free tea. I care about your health.
8. Purchasing Tea in Small Amounts
This may seem like an odd one but many people just buy small amounts of tea at a time. This isn’t necessarily always bad, but it can consume a lot of your money. Opt for buying tea in bulk and saving loads of money!
9. Bagged Tea
Don’t get me started on bagged tea. Obviously you should be buying loose-leaf tea but if you’re buying bagged tea, try not to drink it every day. Paper tea bags often contain pesticides. Plastic tea bags can leak toxins. Also, most tea isn’t washed before it’s put into tea bags. It’s fine every once in a while, but don’t drink this every day.
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10) Squeezing Your Teabag/Tea Leaves
Squeezing your tea bags is very similar to over steeping your tea. When you squeeze your tea leaves or tea bag, you release extra tannins which will cause a more bitter taste. If you love a more bitter tea, then go for it! If you like a sweeter tea, resist the urge to squeeze and allow the leaves to properly steep.