Brewing a Good Cup of Tea
On cold winter days, you’ll find me sipping tea at my desk during the day and in the evenings after dinner. It’s soothing, comforting, and warming to my body and belly. Plus, it’s filled with lots of antioxidants.
There are so many wonderful teas on the market these days – green, black, white, rooibos, and herbal, as well as bagged or loose tea – so no matter your preference, there’s a flavor and style of tea out there for you.
So what’s my trick to brewing a good cup of tea so that it has the true flavor of tea, yet doesn’t taste like tap water?
Follow these easy steps:
1. Start with fresh cold water. If your tap water has an unpleasant smell or taste, use filtered or purified water.
2. Pull out your favorite mug.
3. Heat water using your preferred method. I have an electric water kettle that heats up my water fairly quick, but at work, I’ll just use the microwave.
4. Use the correct water to tea ratio. For 1 tea bag or 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea, use about 8 ounces of water. If your tea is too strong, use more water; if you tea is too weak, use less next time.
5. Pour heated water into your favorite mug with the tea bag or over tea leaves in your favorite tea pot with a fine mesh sieve.
5. Green tea is a little more delicate than black tea, so steep green teas for about 3 minutes and black tea for about 4-5 minutes before removing the bag or sieve. Steeping tea too long can bring out bitterness.
6. Sip and enjoy!
Katina Sayers is the owner/operator of Katina’s Nutritional Coaching Corner. She has an extensive background in health and education that began with degrees in exercise physiology, health and physical education, community health, and culminating with a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. She completed an advanced certificate of study in Integrative Nutrition and Health Coaching from the renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. For the last four years, she has worked one-on-one with clients, presented a multitude of nutrition topics for large and small audiences, contracted with businesses to implement worksite wellness initiatives, and currently manages day-to-day food service operations at a local non-profit agency, as well as directs activities related to nutrition and health. Katina can be reached at email@example.com.