Make the perfect cup of tea

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Hot Black Tea

  • Start with fresh-drawn cold water and bring to a rolling boil. Remember the hotter the water the better as only boiling water will bring out the maximum flavour from the tea leaf.
  • Warm the teapot to help keep your tea hot longer
  • Use one teaspoonful of loose tea or one teabag per cup (5-8 oz.) of water
  • When the water has boiled take the warmed teapot to the kettle and pour over the tea
  • Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes to ensure maximum flavour is released
  • Strain tea or remove the teabags. Enjoy!
If you prefer your tea less strong, add more water after the steeping period.

Hot Green Tea
Green teas are usually a bit more delicate and do better when steeped in water that is a few degrees below the boiling point.

  • Start with fresh-drawn cold water and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Allow water to cool for five minutes.
  • Warm the teapot to help keep your tea hot longer
  • Use one teaspoonful of loose tea or one teabag per cup (5-8 oz.) of water
  • Take the warmed teapot to the kettle and pour water over the green tea leaves or bags
  • Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes to ensure maximum flavour is released
  • Strain tea or remove the teabags. Enjoy!
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

  • Insert 6 tea bags into a one litre pitcher.
  • Pour 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of freshly boiled water over tea bags. Steep for five minutes. Remove tea bags. Fill pitcher with fresh cold water.
  • Pour over ice. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
  • Once prepared, fresh brewed iced tea should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice.
Chai

  • Start with good quality tea! 1 tea bag or 1/4 tsp (1 mL) loose leaf tea
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) EACH ground ginger, ground black pepper, ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) milk
  • Sugar to taste
  • In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup (175 mL) water to a boil.
  • Add tea and let simmer 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine spices.
  • Add milk to tea and let simmer for 15 seconds.
  • Add 3 pinches of spice mixture to tea and continue simmering for 15 seconds.
  • Using a strainer, strain tea into a mug and add sugar to taste.
  • Makes 1 cup (250 mL).
 
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