Brewing a Good Pot of Tea
There are a lot of good websites for brewing the perfect pot of tea, but here are the basics.
1. Empty the tea kettle and refill it with fresh cold water. Put the kettle on to boil.
2. Pour hot water into the teapot to warm it. Ceramic or glass teapots work best. Tea brewed in a metal pot may have a metallic taste.
3. Pour hot water out of teapot after it has warmed. (Check to see how many cups it holds.) Measure one spoonful of loose tea for each cup desired into the pot and one extra spoonful for the pot. If using teabags, use one bag less than the desired number of cups.
4. As soon as the water comes to a rolling boil, remove from heat. If you overboil the water it will lose oxygen and your tea will taste flat.
5. Pour boiling water into teapot and let brew for 3-6 minutes. Small leaves take less time to brew than large leaves.
6. Stir tea. If tea bags were used, remove them before serving. For loose tea, use a tea strainer when pouring into the teacups.
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