How do you get the most out of tea?

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Old 09-05-17, 07:05 PM
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How do you get the most out of tea?

Was given this *great* tea and usually I just use a coffee maker to make tea. In other words dump the leaves in the filter, pour in a cup 'o water, and bam.
In this case I prefer the tea not run through the filter so would the answer be to boil the tea in water and then run the who thing through a strainer?
 
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Old 09-05-17, 09:58 PM
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Ack! No no no. Never do what you are talking about! You're boiling away all the volatiles (flavor and smell).

Depending on whether it's something like an English black or a Asian green it's different. English is normally done by boiling the water, taking it off heat, letting it come down a few degrees, putting the water in a cup (6 oz is the norm..you know...a teacup) then putting a tea ball in it with the proper amount of dry tea (about a teaspoon...isn't it odd how all these tea things go together). Let steep for 4-5 min. Remove tea ball, add sugar and milk if desired.

Asian tea is a completely different process. Green teas are normally added loose or in a diffuser (basically a filter that holds most of the tea but smaller pieces will escape) to a small kettle (used only for tea) and brought just to a near boil, then removed from the heat and served super hot. A small amount of tea dust and small leaves is normally in the bottom of the cup.

Now, are these the only ways? Absolutely not. These are ways I have seen or experienced in British and Asian households or restaurants.

Ideally, the tea supplier should know.
 
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Old 09-06-17, 04:28 AM
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glad I asked, I would've ruined my tea
 
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