Ahhh... there's nothing quite like the perfect cup of tea!
If you've been a tea lover for a while, you probably already have your own tea ritual and a beloved tea stash... If you're new to tea, however, you may still be experimenting with tea, figuring out which type (or types) of tea you like best, and how to brew the perfect cup.
Whether you and tea know each other quite well or you're still getting to know this amazing beverage, the perfect cup of tea is definitely a matter of personal taste.
Here are more tea things to consider when you're ready for your next cuppa or are longing for another refreshing glass of iced tea. (If you missed our first page about making tea, you'll find it here.)
It's so simple, but we tend to forget that, when we enjoy that steamy cup or icy glass of tea, we're also drinking the water that tea was made with!
So, when you make your tea, be sure to use the freshest, cleanest water you possibly can. Not only will good-quality water improve the flavor and aroma of your tea, but you'll avoid any potential toxins or contaminants, as well. Learn more here about our common choices for water for tea, and how to make sure your water is as healthy as possible.
We're faced with so many choices now, when buying tea... It's a challenge (and can even be overwhelming) to know which tea to choose! Whether you're a tried-and-true black tea lover only or have been dabbling with a few different types of tea, it's important to consider where - and how - your tea was grown.
You'll often find news stories about this or that type of tea containing unacceptable levels of lead, pesticides, or other contaminants.
While these reports and studies can be very helpful and informative (and keep us safe), it's important to check the facts and find out who conducted and who funded the study before accepting the information as accurate.
Know where your tea comes from, know how it was grown and processed, and be sure to buy a reputable brand or from a reputable seller to ensure your tea is high quality and doesn't contain anything toxic that could hurt you or your family.
And, you'll be amazed by the complex, absolutely delicious flavors of good-quality tea, too!
That brings up another question... is organic tea the best choice?
Here are some of the ways that choosing certified organic teas provides many health benefits for you, and helps to protect our planet for future generations, too.
So, the next time you're picking up some tea from your grocery store, local tea shop, or favorite online store, why not give some thought to choosing an organic variety? Good for you, and good for our planet.
Your tea can only be as good and healthy as the ingredients it's made from, so make healthy, wise decisions when choosing and purchasing tea and for the water you use to make your tea, as well. And, let those ingredients shine by keeping recommended water temperatures and steeping times in mind for the tea type you've chosen.
But most important of all - the perfect cup of tea is what gives the most pleasurable taste, aroma, and experience for you! If you like your tea steeped more (or less) than recommended or absolutely adore a certain blend, do what you love, and enjoy your tea to the fullest!