Loose leaf tea is the traditional tea, which is whole leaves and not broken into pieces to put in teabags. There are different brewing methods between loose leaf tea and tea in the bags. Usually, it takes time to infuse the aroma and flavor of the loose tea leaf than the ones in the tea bags.
In this article, we’ll be sharing with you the various methods for you to achieve the best quality of brewed loose leaf tea.
Gong Fu Cha
Gongfu cha, which means “making tea with skill” is a traditional tea ceremony in China. The tea ceremony involves a ritual in preparing the tea. The step by step process needs to be done slowly and cautiously. There is also a certain teaware to use and the right effort and dedication to create a great cup of tea.
However, you don’t have to study a pile of books to master the ceremony. You can do it even at your own home. It can also save you money since you can use the steeped leaves repeatedly for over ten times.
It was believed that most of the older people who drink tea use this kind of method, hence the name grandpa style. They usually brew the tea in a big cup instead of using teapots, tea bags, or strainer.
In this method, they will put the leaves into the cup, and then they will pour hot water on it. Unlike other brewing methods that require a specific ratio of water and time, the grandpa style doesn’t require much. You can drink the tea after 5 minutes or even after 15 minutes, leaving the leaves as it is.
Cold-brew methodThe cold-brew method requires more time and effort than other methods, but your patience will surely pay off soon after you finished it. In cold-brewing instead of hot water, you need to pour cold water over the leaves. After that, you should put it on the fridge and leave it to steep for several hours. And, you’re good to go with your less caffeinated tea since the cold water can't fully extract the caffeine in the leaves.
Cold-brew is delicious as it is, but you can also try teas that come with different unique variations from all sides of the world. If you are fond of exploring odd but interesting things, you need to taste the pink tea of India as well as the creamy cheese tea of Taiwan.