5 Ways To Make Yourself Hot Tea
So you have loose leaf tea in your hand (hopefully Esteas). And even though you build rocket ships for Elon Musk for a living, you still don't know how the hell to make these dried leaves into tea. Let me teach you, young Padawan.
1. Empty Tea Bag
When you order a free Esteas sample, you will find an empty tea bag to fill your tea with. I gotchu. The tea bags are fairly small so it makes measuring easy; simply fill the bag to the top. If you are very technical, I would say that it is about two tablespoons.
For oolong teas, I would recommend the water temperature to be at 95-100°C or 203-212°F, steeped for 1-2 minutes.
Oh you fancy huh. Gaiwan literally translates to "lid bowl." Essentially what the gaiwan does is use the lid to strain out the leaves in your bowl filled with tea. You use your thumb and middle fingers to grip the side of the bowl and the index finger on the top of the lid to hold it as you place the lid at an angle. Slowly the liquid will drain out and the leaves will remain in the gaiwan. Remove the lid and refill with hot water. Each steep only requires 10-15 seconds as you are essentially flash-brewing the tea.
The ancient Chinese method derives the best tasting results because you use a higher tea leaf to water ratio. This allows for more flavor, antioxidants, and caffeine to be released. Once you try gaiwan tea, you will NEVER go back to tea bags.
For oolong teas, I would recommend the water temperature to be at 95-100°C or 203-212°F, steeped for only 8-12 seconds. You may reuse Esteas tea leaves 9-12 times as they are packed with flavor. Steep the tea for a few additional seconds as you reach higher infusions.
3. Esteas Maker
I love this little thing. I may be bias. But once you try it and see how easy it is to make perfect tea, you will agree with me. Though the gaiwan is the best way to enjoy tea, if you aren't confident enough in your hand agilities, I would highly recommend this tea maker. It is as easy as a touch of a button.
Remove the lid and place 2-4 spoonfuls (it comes with the spoon) in the top compartment. The small top compartment simulates a gaiwan. Instead of using a lid to strain the tea leaves, you just simply press the button at the top. The tea leaves stay at the top and the liquid tea drains to the bottom. So simple yet so effective. You only need to infuse for 8-12 seconds, like the gaiwan. Refill the top compartment with hot water to reuse the tea leaves 9-12 times. Watch the video below if my explanation made no sense.
*HOT TIP* You can also use this magical device to make iced tea! Simply fill the bottom pitcher with iced cubes and let the liquid pour over the ice. Or, if you are on the go, the top compartment is detachable and you can strain the tea over your flask! So. Many. Uses.
4. Tea Pot
Got one of these bad boys at home? If you have guests over or are really in the mood for a lot of tea, tea pots are your go to. I guess how much tea to put inside depends on your size of tea pot. I would start off with 4 tablespoons. A general rule of thumb I follow is- hotter water, longer steep time makes a stronger brew. Warmer water, shorter steep time makes a lighter brew.
Play around with it! If it's too strong, add more water. Too light, add more tea leaves.
Infusers come in very handy for a solo cup. Tea bags are wasteful because they are one time use. Infusers come in fun shapes and sizes and do the job of teabags. The instructions are almost identical to the tea bag.
At the end of the day, the concept of making tea is to remove the tea leaves from the water because you don't want leaves in your mouth. Experiment and have fun, that is the beauty of tea!