It’s virtually impossible to make a mistake when brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea, right? When you think about it, it’s simply water and a bag of tea leaves (and the cup, of course!). However, what many people don’t realize is how much tastier their tea can be if they put a few extra steps into the preparation.
In the above video clip, Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow offers +suggestions on how to make your next perfect cup of tea. Here are the key steps:
- Always start with fresh, cold water: The air bubbles in fresh, cold water unfurl the tea leaf for full flavor extraction.
- Be sure not to over-boil the water! For black, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas, bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour over tea. For green and white teas, bring water
just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring over tea.
- Place your tea bag in the cup before adding the water: While this step is based on your preference, the Bigelow family — who has been brewing cups of tea for 70 years— puts the tea bag in first.
- Don’t lose steam — let the tea steep: Retain the flavor and goodness of the tea by steeping the tea (try covering the cup with a saucer). All Bigelow Tea packages list recommended brew times.
- No squeezing the tea bag: Try not to squeeze the tea bag when you remove it from your cup. By squeezing it, you release the last bit of the tea’s tannins, which are very bitter and affect the overall taste of your cuppa.
Whether you’re brewing your first cup of tea or have been enjoying tea for years, every drink of tea should be special. These steps should help ensure your tea is at peak flavor and refreshment. Enjoy!