Brewing tea – You don’t have to use hi-tech brewers
There are a lot of hi-tech machines on the market to brew tea. These products make brewing a cup of tea like grabbing fast food – convenient but maybe not the best. Hi-tech is not all bad especially if you need tea in a hurry. But, since brewing and drinking delicious tea has been around for thousands of years, it’s only right that you get to share in that timeless experience.
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Dried tea leaves are beautiful. They come in many different shapes, such as flat slivers of dragonwell, round balls of gunpowder, and wrinkly crinkly leaves of pu-erh. The smell of tea leaves is different from tea to tea such as grass for sencha, earth for assam, and pine smoke for lapsang souchong. The touch of each of these teas is different as well.
Using hi-tech automatic tea brewers takes some of your senses out of the brewing process. When you cannot use all or most of your senses when you brew tea, you lose. It’s unfair to you!
So, when you have an extra moment, when you have no need to hurry to the next thing, engage your senses and immerse yourself in the experience of tea brewing… Did you just get some really great tea you want to try?
How to enjoy the experience of tea brewing
For your next cup of tea, begin your enjoyment with loose-leaf tea. Open the tea container and smell the earthy or grassy aroma of the tea. Pick up a few leaves and feel the dryness. Roll a few leaves between your fingers or the palms of your hands.
Next, choose a teapot that gives you an opportunity to see what happens with each tea leaf. With or without a strainer, a teapot gives you a connection with the tea. Watching the tea leaves fall into the pot connects you with the tea as it was picked and tossed into a basket. Hearing the tinkling sound as the leaves fall into the teapot connects you with the tea as it rolled around the hot pan when it was drying.
Glass teapots not only make great tea, but also offer an opportunity for you to participate even more in the brewing process. Once you pour on the heated water, you can enjoy watching the tea leaves open and the water take on the color of your chosen tea – green, black, or oolong.
You won’t be left out of the tea brewing experience if you use a tea bag. For instance, a teabag filled with green tea will still smell like grass and one with black tea will have that same earthy aroma. Hold the teabag in your hand and feel its weight. Gently rub the teabag between your fingers to get a sense of the shape of the tea.
Place the teabag in your cup, pour on the heated water, and watch as the tea releases its magic into your cup. Mmmmmm…
It’s all about your connection with the tea. You could toss a plastic tub filled with tea into a machine and drink the results. You could use the latest automatic tea-brewing product. You could make it so much easier on yourself by using the latest technology, but why miss out on the experience of the tea brewing process and ultimately, a great cup of tea. Don’t get robbed of the brew experience by all of the hype. You deserve a great cup of tea. You deserve to find pleasure in brewing that great cup of tea from the moment you open the tea container to your first and your last sip.
If, however, your only choice is an automatic brewer or you prefer to use one as often as possible, do give yourself the opportunity to brew tea as the masters do – manually – while savoring the art of brewing and every last drop of delicious tea in your cup.