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What is Cold Pressed Tea ?

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Intro to Cold brewed tea

Tea is the most aromatic beverage of all and consumed almost by everyone all around the world. It originated from China and was mainly used by the Chinese for medicinal purpose not only in physical but also spiritual as they say. Tea was introduced in the 16th century to the Portuguese merchants and priests. Tea also became popular in Britain during the 17th century until now, India and to many other parts of the world. Drinking tea has many benefits to our mind and body. Tea is commonly prepared and served hot but nowadays tea can not only be enjoyed when hot but it can also be enjoyed cold especially during a hot summer season which definitely refreshes, rejuvenates, revitalizes and relaxes your mind and your body.

What is cold pressed tea?

Today we will talk about cold pressed tea or also known as “cold brewed tea”. Tea is very versatile it can be served hot or cold and both just tastes awesome! The method of cold pressing or cold brewing is now known as iced tea which is quite very trendy not just to adults but also to teenagers. This method is a process of steeping tea leaves into a tea pot. Though it involves a much longer process than having tea with hot water but for others it’s worth the entire wait. Some people do this process for just about 5 minutes but some for hours to extract its richness and to come out with a much smoother and sweeter taste. This is because cold water extracts a different chemical balance from the tea than steeping in hot water.

Here is a great step by step tutorial video if videos help more than huge bodies of text :

How to cold brew tea

Benefits of cold brewing tea

There are lesser catechins and caffeine in iced tea which reduces the bitterness from the tea. As said by many, cold pressed tea is a new way to enjoy old favorites. This profile is an exciting way for tea lovers and food lovers to explore the unique taste of their favorite tea. Tea can not only be enjoyed hot you’ve also tried to put some ice once in a while and then paired with your favorite food. Cold brewed teas are safer than sun brewed and this is because sun brewed has the potential to grow dangerous bacteria. Cold press tea is very easy and relaxing to prepare. All you will need is your pitcher, bottle, kettle, or just even a jar, and a lid, water (cold or room temped). Get your container and add water, add the tea and top this with your lid, now you can put it in the fridge and the period of putting this depends on what kind of tea you will use. White teas, green teas, wiry fat oolongs are easier and less time to make than others, when cold enough, get your favorite glass serve this to your family and friends surely they will enjoy and be happy about it. Roobios is also another option that you might not have thought about cold pressing but is a great alternative to traditional teas as well.

When too much tea is a bad thing.

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Introduction to issues with too much tea

When I sit down to brew a single cup of tea I usually use a metal tea ball or some type of tea strainer, and in my rush to make a nice strong cup of tea I usually fill it up too much and am left somewhat disappointed by the final product and that is because I usually forget one of the important aspects of making tea.

Get the right water temp for your tea

The thing about tea is that it is great to have the right water temperature and all the other things that go along with making a great cup of tea, but it is important to remember that you are steeping something not just mixing it up. Unlike iced tea or other powder beverages you need more contact time than to just dissolve the sugar you added to your water. You have to give the tea and water ample room to get to know each other and really interact.

Having enough room for movement of tea and water

Making tea is a delicate dance between the leaves and the water, and this is not a quick dance. Most teas require at least 2 minutes before they really start to make a nice cup to enjoy, while others might be over 6 minutes. Although the time is important to watch as too much time lapsed will ruin a cup of tea, there is nothing worse than a cup of tea that is ruined due to lack of movement.

Lack of Movement you might say? Dancing with water and tea leaves, movement, what are you talking about?

Quick answer, when filling up your tea balls/strainers, or whatever you use to brew your own tea you must always remember that the tea needs to be able to expand and transfer its tastes to the water. If you fill up the strainer full when the tea is dry, just think of how little room it will have when it tries to expand?

Conclusion

To ensure you have a great cup of tea, please make sure that you leave the tea enough room to expand as too tightly packed tea will only release the flavor of the tea that is in contact with the water.