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How to Brew Tea?

To brew a cup of tea can be rather simple: when you are thirsty, put some tea (or a tea bag) into a cup, pour hot water in, wait a while, and then drink it up. It is done.

The question is, do we enjoy only such a simple way of drinking?

We human beings always look for something Better for our life.
It is the Better that is worthy of our efforts to dwell on ”How to brew tea”.

A good start for a Better way to brew tea lies in a key word: Different.

Tea is different in six types: green, semigreen (Oolong), white, black, yellow and dark. Different tea requires different way to take care of, such as different teaware, different temperature, different time……

If we look into the characteristics of the six different types of teas, we can group them as the following:

 

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Light processed
Tender, fresh
Spring buds
Half fermented
Tender leaves
Fully fermented &
Pro-fermented
Large leaves
Green tea
White tea
Yellow tea
Semi green
Oolong tea
Black tea
Dark tea


It is easier for us to understand similarities
from the differences, and grasp exciting tea
brewing tips, which are developed as such:


Tea type Characteristics Water & teaware
Green tea
White tea
Yellow tea
Light processed
Tender, fresh
Spring buds with
young leaves
Mild, 80-85
Glass or fine porcelain
(glass displays
spring buds
beautiful form)
Semi green
Oolong tea
Half fermented
Tender leaves
High, 100 degree,
clay or porcelain
to keep temperature.
Idealy Yixing
clay teapots
Black tea
Dark tea
Fully fermented &
Pro-fermented
Large leaves

 

 

Yixing clay teapot has been praised for centuries by tea experts as thebest teaware for Oolong, black and Pu Er teas.
 
Now we almost know what teaware and temperature for which tea, and understand the reasons behind the differences.

On top of it, let’s share some tea tasting secretes:

  • Chinese Gaiwan in glass or porcelain gives better individual tea joy;

     
  • Spring buds tea (green, white, yellow) needs one more warming-up step: pour in 1/4 water and move gently your cup for the tea to get average temperature. Then smell its initial aroma, before full infusion;

     
  • Dark tea, due to its pro-fermentation, its first infusion (only half-minute) should be poured out. Drink from its second infusion;

     
  • Fine quality teas allow several brewings, each brewing gives different color, aroma and taste. So choose smaller teaware (over 500ml. is doubtful).

     
 
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