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How do I make the tea?

How do I make the tea? In order to be able to properly evaluate tea, I need to know the main characteristics of the given type of tea and the proper way of preparation. 
Of course, a tea can be prepared in many ways, and the result is not good or bad, but different. We are different and our tastes are different, so I encourage everyone to experiment and find the most suitable tea and tea-making method for them!

In addition, we need some intuition, openness, attention and more and more experience. Still needed

First, let's clarify what exactly tea is, because the method of making this will be discussed in the article. 🙂
Tea is a drink made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant. All other drinks made from herbs, fruits, etc. are called decoctions, or tisane in English.

First, you'll need the right teas from the right places. Pay close attention not only to the place of origin of your vegetables and fruits, but also to the roots of the tea you drink every day.
Here you will find teas from small Asian producers, which we personally procure for you during our travels. Our relationship with the tea farmers is friendly and almost everyday. Thanks to modern communication tools, we are in constant contact.

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When making tea, choose the following carefully:

Water

To prepare the tea, we will need good quality, fresh, soft water with the right mineral content! The good-tasting spring water, the Lajos spring above Szentendre, is ideal for excellent tea. If you come to our store, we will probably make the tea you want to try out of it.
(Avoid tap water if possible.) If you do use tap water, filter it first with a water filter jug. It cleans the water from chlorine and even replaces the magnesium responsible for the sweetness of the water during filtration.

Preference should be given to waters with a total dissolved mineral content of less than 300-400 mg/liter. Among the store waters, Nestle Vera can be used well for making tea.
We should use soft water with a neutral pH that has a good taste in itself, because this will have an extraordinary effect on our finished drink. 
For green tea or green puer (sheng puer), you can use water that is very low in minerals (Norda, Volvic).

Tea making method

Good tea can also be prepared in a bowl or in a deeper cup. Add the leaves, pour the appropriate amount of hot water and drain. 

We have to decide that Asian or Western we want to make tea. 
It will be different tea leaf / water ratio. The Asian one uses less water, more tea leaves and short infusions several times, the Western one uses less tea leaves, more water, steeped once or at most twice longer. 

It's tastier the Asian way tea can be made and by adding up the individual infusions, we get roughly the same amount of tea as if we steeped a larger amount at once in the Western way.

Tea making tools

If we want to use the same teapot for different types of tea (white, green, oolong, red, puer), then the only porcelain or glassg can be. The various clays are porous, they absorb the taste of the tea, so they are ideally suitable for preparing only one type of tea. 

We recommend drinking the tea from thin-walled porcelain cups, which are preferably white or light on the inside so that the color and shade of the tea can be clearly seen in them.  
Instead of modern double-walled cups, choose silky porcelain or clay ceramic tools with celadon glaze. The latter has a "rougher" surface, so the scent of the tea can be felt even more.

Practical tea-making tools (more modern and traditional)

Making tea the Asian way:

  1. Heat, but do not overboil the water. As soon as the water has boiled, turn off your kettle.
  2. Preheat the tea utensils with this water, then pour it out.
  3. Put an appropriate amount of tea leaves in the tea making device of your choice.
  4. "Wake up" the tea with a little water and quickly pour it directly into the spout. You can also rinse the cups with this water to warm them up.
  5. Check the water temperature, pour water of the correct temperature on the juices, soak them for a short time, often no longer than 15-20 seconds.
    You will find useful instructions for these on the packaging of our teas, and if you come to our store, we will be happy to tell you.
  6. Pour the finished tea from the gaiwan into the spout. This will be the first pour.
    Served from here, everyone gets tea of ​​the same strength and taste.
  7. Pour it over and over for as long as it's enjoyable and as long as you want to drink tea. That is all. 🙂

You can find the complete list of our tea making tools here

Making tea "3 measures"-e

Adequate amount of tea leaves: The amount of tea leaves is a matter of individual taste. We use about 5 g of tea leaves for a 150 ml tea pot. Try, taste and listen!

Suitable temperature: This is one of the most important "metrics" you need to pay close attention to. You must know how to choose the right temperature for your tea! As a general rule, use water at a lower temperature for greener, small-leaf teas, and higher for darker, more roasted, more oxidized, and more strongly rolled teas.

Appropriate timing: Green teas and fresh oolongs are sensitive and must be poured with a quick, soft movement, while other teas are more flexible and "judgmental". If you oversteep your tea, it will be bitter and tannic. Pay attention to timing and attendance!

Making tea is an excellent exercise. 
Avoid noise, "noisy movements", clattering, hurrying!
The finished tea reflects your mood, attitude and presence.

Making tea using the "western" method

Here, the ratio of tea leaves and water is approx. 5 gr tea leaves / 400 ml water. Steep for about 3-5-8 minutes, depending on the type of tea you are making. With this tea preparation method, the teas can be poured 1-2 times. It is important that, although we are used to the "tea egg" in the Western way, we forget this. There is no room for the tea leaves to open, so the leaves cannot release all their flavor.

We prefer to let them swim freely and then filter the whole thing. Of course, the smaller and more broken the tea leaves are, the faster they dissolve, so take this into account when preparing the drink. In this case, reduce the soaking time.

All about making tea 

"Making tea is the work of the body, the method of the mind, the content of the heart."

An excellent concentration exercise that teaches you to "be present". It's about patience and care, making good tea is an art.

In our opinion, the characteristics of good tea are as follows: it is delicious, healthy, comes from an authentic and reliable source. All the teas we offer are carefully selected. Tea leaves alone are not enough. The human factor, the personality and attitude of the creator are at least as important.

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