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Cold Brew Tea
Nothing's better than a iced cold glass of tea after a long day -- especially when it's healthy, soothing, and easy to prepare! Not only is cold brew tea easy to prepare, it can be considered a more fool-proof method for brewing refreshing tea.
Nothing's better than a iced cold glass of tea after a long day -- especially when it's healthy, soothing, and easy to prepare! Not only is cold brew tea easy to prepare, it can be considered a more fool-proof method for brewing delicious and refreshing tea, as the need for precise water temperature and exact steep time is eliminated. Plus, any type of tea can be cold-brewed.
Learn how in the step-by-step process below!
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What is it?
The process of cold-brewing steeps tea leaves slowly, using time rather than temperature to release flavors and other compounds gently. This results in a smooth body and reduced bitterness. Not only is cold brew tea easy to prepare, it can be considered a more fool-proof method for brewing delicious and refreshing tea, as the need for precise water temperature and exact steep time is eliminated. Plus, any type of tea can be cold-brewed!
Why do it?
Cold-brewed tea produces softer, more subtle flavors than tea steeped with hot water. Heat is responsible for releasing the tannins in tea leaves that cause astringency and bitterness if tea is overdosed or over-steeped. Without it, more rounded flavor and ultra-smooth texture prevail.
Let's Cold Brew!
In general, most cold brew teas are ready to drink after 3 to 4 hours of steeping in the refrigerator. Some Japanese green teas require even shorter infusions, while some herbal teas (with larger sized botanicals like fruits and whole spices) will benefit from significantly more time - upwards of 10 to 12 hours. Feel free to experiment with the tea and steep time to find your desired brew strength. Follow this general ratio:
2 to 3 Tablespoons of loose leaf tea per quart (32 ounces) of water.
- Add tea leaves to pitcher or brewing vessel of choice.
- Fill with cool or room temperature water and cover. (see Pro Tip, below)
- Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours, to start. Taste; steep longer, if desired.
- Remove from refrigerator and separate tea leaves from infusion by straining into a new vessel (or remove filter). Discard tea leaves.
- Serve with or without ice.
- Store covered in refrigerator for up to 48 hours, for best flavor.
Before filling vessel with cool water, we recommend adding a small amount of hot water – just enough to cover the tea leaves – then proceed with cool
or room temperature water. This step helps "wake up" the tea, preparing it for extraction. Plus, the hot water kills any natural bacteria that may be present in unprocessed teas.
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