I’m a very keen tea drinker and here I’m talking about green teas and herbal teas. I’ve always been a tea drinker, never really liked coffee. But I’m not talking about tea with milk and sugar. Which was introduced to me as a child by my parents.
I then visited China about 25 years ago and tea, and only tea, was everywhere. But it was only jasmine tea, a slightly weak fragrant tea in a put with a small cup.
I didn’t warm to it at first but it was either that or soft drinks. I persevered and it got better. Quite refreshing after a long day.
My Switch To Green Tea
Going back home I switched back to English tea with its milk and sugar and quickly realized that my tea drinking had moved on to a higher plain.
I subsequently discovered that there are health benefits from drinking green teas, white teas. There are compounds in the tea leaves that are released by the hot water and have some positive influence over our health and well-being.
But this health benefit is at its maximum strength when the tea is brewed at its optimum temperature. Brewing with boiling water which breaks down all those delicate plant compounds, reduces its usefulness.
The Right Temperature
So the Goldilocks approach is that the water should not be too hot, not too cold but just right. Well this is a hard trick to pull off because making a simple cup of tea becomes a laboratory experiment with thermometers and adding the correct about of tea leaves. There had to be a better way and there is.
temperature control kettle You can get these instead of a traditional kettle. They will boil water just as a normal kettle will do but they also allow you to set the temperature that you want the water to reach, then stop.
The ones shown here temperature control kettle Are even better. They not only stop at the correct temperature but will keep it at that temperature for 10 minutes or more.
So now my tea is perfectly brewed for both flavor and for health.