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How do I brew a perfect cup of tea?

Good quality water and proper brewing time are essential for a flavorful cup of tea.
• Start with a preheated pot or cup (simply fill your teapot or cup with very hot water and let it stand for a moment).
• Use fresh cold water. In areas with poor tap water, use bottled or filtered water. Never use water from the hot water tap. Let the tap water run for a few seconds until it is quite cold; this ensures that the water is aerated (full of oxygen) to release the full flavor of the tea leaves.
• Bring water to a rolling boil. Don't let it boil too long, as it will boil away the flavor releasing oxygen and result in a flat tasting cup of tea. Pour boiling water on tea leaves or tea bag.
• Brew 3 to 5 minutes (for green teas, water should be a bit cooler and only steep for one to three minutes)

How much loose tea should I use to make a cup of tea?

To make an 8 ounce (250 ml) cup of tea, use the following chart as a guideline. Adjust to taste.

White tea 2 tsp. (20 ml)
Green tea 1 tsp. (10 ml)
Oolong tea 2 tsp. (20 ml)
Black tea 1 tsp. (10 ml)
Herbal "tea" Start with 1 tsp. (1 gm), and increase to desired taste.
How should I store tea?

Tea should be stored in an airtight, opaque container in a cool, dry place. Many tea retailers sell tea in metal tins that close tightly, which seems optimal. Clear glass jars are acceptable only if you can keep them in a closed cupboard away from light. If you reuse containers, avoid using materials that retain odors, as the tea will pick them up. The refrigerator is not a good place. The cold encourages water condensation, which can ruin the tea. You can freeze tea for long-term storage if you tightly seal your container and wrap it in plastic. Before you open a container of frozen tea, let it warm to room temperature in order to avoid contaminating the tea with condensation. (You may also want to do this on a dry day.)
Can I become addicted to tea?

Addiction to tea is less common than addiction to coffee, because tea has less caffeine than coffee. But if you drink enough tea on a regular basis, you can become addicted.
The most reliable sign that you are addicted to tea is a recurring headache that seems to have no cause and can be relieved by drinking tea or another caffeinated beverage. If you are worried about addiction, the best thing to do is to cut down gradually on the amount of caffeine you consume.

Can consumption of Green tea count in one's daily overall water intake?

Yes, Green tea can be considered in a water intake count because it basically replaces water one for one. In comparison, coffee, which has a diuretic effect, provides a negative overall water intake.


How much caffeine is there in tea?

Caffeine content in tea is negligible, when compared with most carbonated beverages, coffee etc. The human body requires a certain amount of caffeine and research indicates that upto 10 - 12 cups of tea daily, will not have any detrimental effect on the body. The species or the variety of the tea plant determines content of caffeine in tea, as it is a genetic feature. However the distribution of caffeine in the plant depends on the part of the plant it is derived from.
For example:
Bud 4.70 %
First leaf 4.20 %
Second Leaf 3.50 %
Third Leaf 2.90 %
Upper stem 2.50 %
Lower stem 1.40 %
Caffeine is one of the three Methylxanthines in tea and represents the bulk of this component. As caffeine is a water-soluble compound approximately 80% of caffeine is extracted during the brewing process. Caffeine content in brewed tea varies depending upon the blend, the brewing time and the brewing method. Research has revealed that a 170- ml (6-oz) serving of tea contains, on average 34 mg of caffeine in comparison to 99 mg of caffeine in a 170 ml serving of brewed coffee and 37mg in 56g of a dark chocolate bar.




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