Tea is a flavourful refreshment and after water the most commonly consumed non-alcoholic beverage in the world. With the popularity of tea spanning across centuries, tea traditions have been widely recognised across cultures. In fact, recent studies have given tea even more importance. An increase in awareness concerning antioxidants and its role in battling cancer and cardiovascular diseases has now positioned tea as an ideal health beverage. Lower caffeine levels also make tea a healthier alternative to coffee and soda. So irrespective of whether you love green, black or infused spice tea, tea is a refreshing drink to enjoy at any time of the day.
So – fantastic news right! let’s get that kettle to boil - time for another cuppa....
Well, it’s not all that simple!
Irrespective of the type of tea you consume, getting the most out of tea depends on how the tea is consumed. Tea brewing is extremely important and can greatly impact both the taste of tea and its health benefits. Experts recommend a brewing time of 3-4 minutes for most teas. However, several studies have revealed that majority of the tea consumers do not let the water brew for the recommended time or do not steep it properly. Our busy lifestyle has turned us into impatient consumers. However, whether it is the lack of knowledge or of patience, with improper brewing we are trading off on both the flavour and the health benefits of tea consumption. So if you love your tea and want to enjoy its goodness to the full, follow this excellent guide on tea brewing timings. The information covers the brewing details for some of the popular teas consumed globally and it is a great starting point.
Till next time happy sipping :)
|Name of tea||Country||Type||Brewing time||With or without milk|
|Jasmine||China||Green flavoured with jasmine flowers||2-3 minutes||Without|
|Oolong||China or Taiwan||Oolong||5-7 minutes||Without|
|Lapsang Souchong||China or Taiwan||Black||4-5 minutes||Without|
|Genmaicha||Japan||Green flavoured with popped rice and corn||3-4 minutes||Without|
|Assam||India||Black||3-4 minutes||With or without|
|Ceylon Uva||Sri Lanka||Black||3 minutes||With or without|
|Ceylon Dimbula||Sri Lanka||Black||3-4 minutes||With or without|