The reason is simple; it's one of the easiest fail-safe methods of brewing the perfect cup of tea. Ask the Chinese and your gran; they knew what they were doing when it comes to tea! Every culture has its version of the teapot, and they come in many shapes and sizes. While Americans prefer stainless-steel or glass teapots, Chinese tea masters would be horrified if asked to use anything other than their traditional clay teapots. We’ll teach you how to brew the perfect cup of teapot tea, our way.
Follow this step-by-step recipe
Tea made with re-boiled water tastes flat and unpleasant. Instead, fill the kettle with fresh tap water or, if you prefer, filtered water.
Teas are pretty sensitive to temperature. Check the packaging for the best brewing temperature and use a thermometer to monitor the water. For example, Black tea and pu-erh require a temperature of 212 F.
Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around, then tip it out. Warming the teapot prevents the tea from cooling too quickly while steeping.
Follow the directions on the tea packing; this will vary depending on the type of tea. Then, add the tea leaves to the teapot. For example, use 5 grams of tea leaf per six ounces of water (per cup).
Fill the teapot with hot water and allow the tea leaves to steep. Some teas require longer than others to brew. Check the packaging for instructions.
When the tea has brewed, place a tea strainer over your cup and pour the tea.