Herbal teas are delicious hot or cold. Regardless of how you take your tea, follow the steps below and then add ice if desired. If brewing for iced tea, consider using a larger batch of tea as the ice will dilute the flavor.
1.Preheat a teapot by pouring boiling water into it, raising the temperature of the teapot to at least 180°.
2.Discard the water. In your teapot, or filter, add 1 teaspoon of loose tea for each cup of tea you're brewing.
3.Pour fresh boiling water over the tea or tea bag. This super-saturates the tea, allowing the perfect extraction of the flavor.
4.The water temperature should be 212°F (100°C). Let the tea steep for a full 5 minutes.
5.Pour the tea through a strainer into the cups.
HERBAL TEA BREWING TEMPERATURE
To extract the maximum flavor from our Herbal teas, quality water should be brought to a full boil at 212°F. Unlike more delicate tea such as white or green, herbal tea blends contain a variety of ingredients that are more hearty and can withstand higher brew temperatures.
HERBAL TEA BREWING TIME
A typical tea, such as green or black, can become bitter if steeped too long. Herbal teas are often more forgiving with longer brew times. At Harney, we brew our herbal teas for at least 5 minutes to start, but his is a matter of personal taste.
If you’re looking for a stronger cup of tea, it’s best to increase the amount of tea used instead of increasing the brewing time.
HERBAL TEA BENEFITS & USES
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have brewed herbs for enjoyment and to ease ailments. In China and India, blends are created to help “center” the body, bringing balance to life. In middle eastern countries, Peppermint adds flavor to dishes, as well as easing indigestion.
Benefits of Herbal Tea
Stimulates the body Eases
digestion Helps soothe
common cold symptoms
Aids in relaxation and sleep