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How does the perfect cup succeed?
Even with tea, the tastes are different. Even if opinions about the "perfect" cup differ, the noble infusion can still be optimized. It is not only the type of tea and dosage that is important, but also the water quality.
Tea in the true sense comes from the tea bush Camellia sinensis and includes black and green tea. The dosage may vary depending on the type of tea. In general, however, 1.5 to 2 grams of tea are sufficient for a medium infusion of a cup of tea (150 ml). This corresponds to a teaspoon or the amount that is in a tea bag. A jug made of glass or porcelain is suitable for several cups, for which two teaspoons or two tea bags are sufficient. Ideally, the jar is only used for tea, so that the fine aroma is not influenced by other flavors such as fruit blends. When the tea leaves are poured on, they need a lot of space. Use suitable nets and paper filters in which the tea can spread and develop its aroma.
Tea loves freshly boiled tap water.
If the water is boiled or stale for a long time, the taste will be bland. While with black tea the boiling water is poured directly over the tea leaves, with green tea it first has to cool to 70 to 80 degrees Celsius. Scalded too hot, it quickly becomes bitter. If the lime content is high, a water filter should be used.
The brewing time depends on the taste, but also on the desired effect. With a short brewing time of 2 to 3 minutes, caffeine is primarily released, so that the tea has a stimulating effect. A cup of tea contains only about half as much caffeine compared to coffee, depending on the type and preparation. With a longer brewing time of 4 to 5 minutes, more tannins are released, which give the tea a tart taste and at the same time calm the digestive tract. With teabags, the brewing time is generally somewhat shorter. This is due to the fine cut of the leaves, through which aroma and active ingredients can dissolve more quickly.
Heike Kreutz, respectively