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This is How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Have you ever wondered what makes tea sooooooo tasty? For three generations, Bigelow Tea has been crafting deliciously different teas using quality handpicked teas and herbs from the world’s finest gardens. (Yum!) While premium ingredients are essential for a great cup of tea, the way you brew your tea also has a huge impact on how it tastes. Just follow these four easy steps and you’ll be on your way to a perfect, consistent cup every time. (Yay!)

  1. You may think using the leftover water in your tea kettle is no big deal. (It is!) Fresh, cold water is vital to making an amazing cup of tea. Before filling the tea kettle, let the cold tap water run for 30 seconds. This aerates the water– the oxygen in the water opens up the tea leaf, extracting all its incredible flavors. If you prefer bottled water, even better–give it a shake to aerate the water before heating. If you’re using a teapot, here’s a tip to improve aeration– take the chill off by rinsing it first with hot water.
  2. Before you pour, put the tea bag of your choice in a cup or mug. Different types of tea have different ideal brewing temperatures that yield the best flavor for that specific tea. (Wow, who knew?!) For black, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas, bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour over tea. For delicate green teas, bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form, and then pour over tea.
  3. Steeping times also vary for different types of tea. (Tick-tock!) Ideal steeping time for black tea is about 2-4 minutes, green tea 1-3 minutes, and herbal teas 4 minutes or more. Here’s another fun fact—covering your mug while the tea steeps keeps it warm and seals in all the yummy tea goodness.  If you forget how much time to steep, take a peek at your box of Bigelow Tea! You’ll find recommended brew times right on the packaging.
  4. If you’re working on creating a perfect cup of tea—don’t squeeze the tea bag!  Squeezing the tea bag will put bitter tannins into the cup–yuck! And who wants to burn their fingers while trying to enjoy a comforting mug of tea, right?!

Now that you’ve brewed a beautiful cup of tea, feel free to get creative! Some Bigelow Tea lovers like to add milk, honey, sugar or a slice of lemon. (Yum!)  Check out the video below featuring Bigelow Tea’s third- generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow to get a step-by-step look at how she brews the perfect cup of tea. Give Cindi’s technique a try and tag #TeaProudly to share your delicious results!

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