The best way to make tea is to use boiling water. The important point is for the water to be boiling when you pour it over the tea, either in a cup, mug or best of all, a teapot. By doing this you obtain the most flavor from the tea. The longer that you leave tea to brew, the more bitter tasting tannin will be enter into the water. Using a microwave to heat your water is slower, can be dangerous and produces a lower quality tea and is not advised.
Best results are obtained using loose tea in a teapot rather than teabags. I appretiate that tea bags are simple and convienient to use but loose tea is not ground as fine as the tea in tea bags so it has more room to circulate in the pot. In addition, the finer ground tea used in tea bags allows for more bitter tannin to be released - so for a perfect cup of tea - loose tea wins every time. But don't forget to use a tea strainer to avoid getting tea leaves in your cup.
Enjoy your tea!
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|TEA 'HEALTHIER' DRINK THAN WATER!|
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers.
The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates.
Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, UK nutritionists found. Read more at the BBC article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5281046.stm
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