Recently, I received an email about yet another revolutionary tea brewing system. Ever curious, I clicked on the link and watched the video. This new system promises to take the mystery and confusion out of tea brewing and will make you the perfect cup of tea every time. I don’t mean any disrespect to the work and thought that goes into products like this because I know that their creation comes from a place of creativity and wanting to help others, but really.
Fancy tea brewers that promise the moon are just like all those gadgets you see promoted on late-night infomercials. You know, the ones where the inventions solve all those problems you don’t actually have yet the products never seem to deliver on their promises. Although, the Donald Trump Chia Head is tempting just to see him with a good haircut for once.
I understand that when you first come to loose-leaf tea it can be daunting and overwhelming. I felt the same way at first. But here’s the thing: it’s lasted for all these centuries because of its simplicity. Tea brewing is adaptive and forgiving. It’s like dating someone new: farting on your third date is almost always a turn-off, but is more forgivable after you get to know each other better.
Tea Brewing the Right Way
All you need to know about tea brewing is that you should make it how you like it. The only way it’s ever considered “bad” is when you don’t like the way it tastes. I like most of my teas with a medium steep, but my pu-erhs thick as mud. Some people like their tea steeped within an inch of its life and bitter. Others barely let their leaves get wet before pulling them from the water. The point is, there is no wrong way to brew tea, and you certainly don’t need a fancy and expensive gadget to do it.
There are a few guidelines that are helpful when you’re just beginning your relationship with loose-leaf tea, and as you become more comfortable with each other you can start bending those rules. One starting point is water temperature, and another is steeping time. Just to get your relationship off on the right foot, all our teas come with brewing suggestions right on the package to help you get started.
As far as equipment goes, you only need a basic strainer. I’ve had my favorite one for over 10 years now and it’s still going strong. These high-tech tea brewing systems look cool, but have so many parts that if one of them breaks you’re up a creek without a cup of tea. And that’s definitely somewhere you don’t want to be.
Out with Complicated, In with Simplicity
Again, part of the beauty of tea is its simplicity. While all this fancy gadgetry is cool and fun, the excitement is soon replaced with annoyance at having one more thing to take care of. I encourage you to play and trust yourself when it comes to brewing tea. If you take the few minutes to be present with your tea, you will enjoy it so much more.
Our modern lives are so overrun with stuff that most of us feel overwhelmed by it all and are seeking ways to simplify. Start with tea. Your soul will thank you for it.
Here’s the product that sparked this rant:
Doesn’t the glass part look like a bong?