Tea is the 2nd most popular drink in the world next to water! Facts stated by the U.S. Tea Association. The cold brewing method with tea is slowly becoming popular next to coffee. There are many benefits to cold brewing tea. If you haven’t made cold brew tea yet, you are missing out!
Cold brewing loose leaf tea is tasty, refreshing and it’s a simple way to enjoy the benefits of each type of loose leaf tea. Black is the most popular here in the U.S and Europe. Whereas Green Tea is popular in most Asian countries.
What is Cold Brewing
Cold brewing is the process of tea that is a slower extraction of the tea benefits, than using hot water. It’s called “cold” brewing because you are using water that is not heated (Cold or room temperature water) and allowing the loose leaf tea to soak in the water (Brewing) and allowing the natural sugars to be released.
Recently, Cold brewing is becoming more popular than heating up water and making hot tea. Cold brewing tea has more flavor, less acidity, and smoother taste. The longer you let it set the better it would taste, you also won’t have to worry about the bitter after taste of tea that has been sitting for hours. You can enjoy the smooth & refreshing taste of Cold brew tea.
How to make Cold Brew Tea
There are different ways you can make cold brew tea just by using what you already have in your home. You can also get fancy and use special tea gadgets specifically for making cold brew loose leaf tea. Today I’m going to show you how to make cold brew tea the simple way. You can make it loose-leaf or with a tea bag.
1. Place 2 heaping teaspoons of loose leaf tea in a 16oz, 18oz or 32oz mason Jar, pitcher or cup.
2. Fill Jar, Pitcher or cup with room temperature water (You can use tap, or filtered).
3. You can let it sit for 30 mins to 1hr room temperature and then transfer it to the fridge to continue brewing for 8 to 10hrs
4. Once done strain the loose leaf tea with a strainer over your desired cup.
5. Add sweetener if needed and ENJOY!
A few things to keep in mind
You can also use a tea/Coffee Press, just out loose tea inside, fill with water
Don’t smash the handle down yet until after 8 to 10hrs, then once done brewing, smash the loose leaf tea inside the tea/coffee press and enjoy!
Tap water has a large number of chemicals, it can contain, bacteria, chlorine, and lead, because of the different chemicals that might be in it, it can change the taste of the tea.
Fileted water is the preferred method or you can just use bottled water.
Making cold brew tea with tea bags is the same way, Just remove tea bags after the “Cold-Brewing” process and set them aside because you can soak them again next time.