STEP 1: Boil water.
Each type of tea has a different water temperature it’s best to steep to steep the tea in to get the best flavor. Check the tea packaging to see the recommended water temperature.
(I use my trusty electric kettle which has a temperature setting to make sure I’m brewing tea properly.)
STEP 2: Warm up teapot and tea cups.
This step is a detail that takes your tea to the next level and almost no one does it. But they should.
Fill the teapot and tea cups halfway with hot water and give it a few swirls.
We’re warming the teapot so that when the hot water for tea goes in, the water temperature won’t drop so much.
Once the teapot has warmed, throw out the water.
Do the same for the tea cups to make them warm by pouring some hot water into the cups then throwing out the water.
STEP 3: Put tea into teapot and add hot water.
Figure out how much water your teapot holds and add the right amount of tea.
For every cup, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea.
STEP 4: Steep tea.
Set the timer on your phone to steep it to the correct amount of time.
The steep time is different for each kind of tea so check the tea package to see what they recommend.
STEP 5: Strain tea solids and pour hot tea into tea cups.
Hold onto the teapot lid with a finger so that it doesn’t fall off as you’re pouring.
Add milk or sugar if drinking oolong or black tea. Don’t add milk or sugar if you’re drinking green or white tea. (Please, no.)
I’m using a tea strainer so that I can filter out the tea leaves.
If you want to use a tea strainer that comes inside a teapot, find one that’s big enough so that the leaves have plenty of room to steep.
I really don’t like tea leaves sitting in water after the steep time since it makes the tea really bitter. To avoid this, use a tea filter inside a teapot so that the tea leaves are separated from the water after the first pour.
In my case, I made just enough tea for two cups and knew no tea would be sitting in water in the teapot.
If you want to have another cup, pour more hot water into the teapot and set the timer again. For the second steep, add 1-2 more minutes.
With these steps, you’ll enjoy a perfect cup of tea each and every time.