Whether you’re preparing your daily dose of caffeine, sampling a delicate new blend or just enjoying a cuppa with a friend, tea is one of life’s small pleasures. You may make your tea by throwing a teabag in a mug, but to truly enjoy the perfect brew, you should opt for a teapot. Both beautiful and practical, a teapot slows down the process of tea-brewing, meaning it can be enjoyed to its fullest potential.
What’s the best way to make tea in a teapot?
Simply put, there is no ‘best way’ to make tea. Taste is always personal. With that said, the way you make your tea, right down to whether you use tea bags or loose leaf tea, does have a direct impact on flavour.
Teabags offer convenience, as you can simply remove them from your brew and discard. The end-product will have a familiar taste, but a teapot – even a cheap teapot - will make this standard tea-brewing process feel a bit more special to both you and your friends.
Tea aficionados tend to prefer the flavour of loose leaf tea. A tea bag keeps your leaves compressed, restricting their ability to expand. By unfurling and flowing through the water, the tea leaves can impart a more nuanced flavour. With loose leaf tea, you can choose between teapots with infusers, which include a built-in cage for your tea leaves, or you can let your leaves float freely and separate them from your brew with an external strainer.
How should I choose a teapot?
• With teapots, price does equate to quality and longevity. The classic porcelain or china teapot is a cupboard essential and lots of cheerfully cheap teapots match this style. There are also more ergonomic designs that the modern-minded tea-lover may prefer.
• If you think you’ll be brewing tea for yourself, consider a small single-cup teapot set as opposed to a larger teapot that might lead to waste.
• Decide when you’ll be using your teapot – for the morning cuppa or for enjoying fine teas? Glass teapots are perfect for blooming teas while stainless steel pots are lightweight, easy to maintain and ideal for a quick brew.
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