How to Brew that Perfect Cup of Tea | Jing
I am not that person who cannot live without tea or coffee. I enjoy both of them from time to time. However, learning about their growth, types, and everything that has to brewing that perfect cup, I wouldn't pass it by just like that. Having been to the world's highest tea plantation just last month, and a year ago travelling through as many tea plantation, and all experiences - tea I could while in Sri Lanka, I was nothing but delighted when an invite for a tea masterclass came in - Why not? Having been to the Highest Tea Plantation in the World just last month, and going through Sri Lanka's various tea estates, tea museums, and tea factory the year before, I am always fascinated about experiencing and learning anything that has got to do with Tea.
January is International Hot Tea Month. It is said that tea was founded when dried leaves landed in a boiling cup of water served to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.
Our masterclass was arranged in the outdoor seating of the Lobby Lounge at The Westin Doha. It was quite windy that day, and the wind was strong enough to even knock down a potted plant off the table. In this cold, and windy setting, there was nothing like some freshly brewed tea to keep us warm.
Jing Tea is one of the most premium teas in the world, and the company was founded in 2004. We were given a chance to see the difference in quality of the tea. The aroma, the packaging, the concept - everything was well thought about, and put together.
For a cup of tea, normally around 4 grams of tea leaves are recommended.
Below Boiling Water Temperature White and green teas have delicate leaves, and therefore require below boiling water temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius. Too high of a temperature will cook the leaves and ruin their delicate flavors. Ideally, it is recommended to put the tea leaves and then pour room temperature water enough to cover the leaves. You then pour boiling water on top of it.
Medium Boil Temperature Oolong teas should be brewed at around 80 degrees Celsius
Full Boil Temperatures Black and Herbal teas brew best at a full boil temperatures.
What we tried at the Masterclass
Jing Silver Needle & Lemongrass and Ginger Infusion
Jing Vanilla Black
It is recommended that you allow loose tea to brew in a teapot for up to seven minutes. The general rule is: the larger the leaf, the longer the brewing time. Earl Grey and Lady Grey need five minutes, while a smaller leaf tea will only need about four minutes.
Would you want to have a cup of Jing Tea already? Visit the Lobby Lounge at The Westin to enjoy the same :)