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The Water You Pour Over Your Bigelow Tea Makes A Difference!

water_bigelow teaWhat beautiful alchemy takes place when boiling water and Bigelow Tea meet in your mug! Ah, the aroma! But you might be missing a few steps that ensure that every cup of tea you brew tastes as good as it smells. It turns out the condition of the water poured over your tea makes a big difference.

For starters, please don’t consider re-using the water left in your tea kettle from the last time you brewed. Fresh, cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf to bring out all that wonderful flavor. So always let the tap water run for 30 seconds before filling the kettle. If you’re using bottled water, give it a good shake to aerate (oxygenate) the water.

And here’s another teapot tip to improve aeration: take the chill off the pot by rinsing it first with hot water. Next, consider the type of tea you’re making to determine how long to leave the kettle on the stove. For black, oolong and herbal teas, it’s best to bring the water to a full, rolling boil. Green and white teas are more delicate, so the ideal time to pour the water is before the boiling point when tiny bubbles just begin to form.

Now the fun part: steep (black tea 2-4 minutes, green tea 1-3 minutes and herbal tea 4 minutes or more) with the mug covered to seal in all the tea goodness, and remember — no squeezing the tea bag! Final step? Inhale deeply and enjoy! As @mik_cm tweeted, the perfect cup of tea is worth waiting for!

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Bigelow Tea Is Curious: Do You Know How To Brew A Proper Cuppa?

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Since 1945, Bigelow Tea and its fans have made quite a few cups of tea—and waited patiently for it to thoroughly steep. Just think about how many minutes have been spent steeping tea over the course of 70 years and three generations! A research team from the UK also got to thinking about steeping and brewing … and found out that most people are actually too impatient to wait for their tea!

Yes, Researchers surveyed 1,000 people about their tea-drinking habits and found that only 16% of people let the water brew—or steep—for the recommended time of between two and five minutes.  (Proper steeping time does vary depending on the type of tea; for example, it’s recommended that Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics should steep for four minutes). The study also found that nearly half remove the tea bag and leave their tea to cool for five minutes before drinking it.

If you want to be part of that 16%, just take a look at your box of Bigelow Tea! You will find the recommended brew times right on the packaging. You can also check out a video featuring Bigelow Tea’s third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she demonstrates how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

If you feel like waiting for your tea to steep is time wasted, just use it as a moment to relax, like @MichellaLee27, who tweeted “Watching tea steep is one of my favorite past times. And current times, actually.” A few minutes can make all the difference for that perfect cuppa tea!

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