We have all seen the hundreds of varieties of tea in the speciality stores. Can you believe, however, that they come all from the same plant Camellia Sinensis?
It is useful to learn a bit more about the different brews, so that you know which would suit best your mood and needs. There are so many varieties worth exploring with their subtle notes and specifics, much like a good bottle of wine:
The Black tea remains the world’s most popular variety and is often what you think of when you hear the word ‘tea’. After picking, the leaves are fermented. That is why, its brew is dark, strong in colour and can be used as a revitalising drink in the morning or afternoon. White tea, on the other hand, is very low on caffeine. It’s most popular variety Silver Needle is equally enjoyed throughout the day, as well as after dinner. The health benefits of green tea make it a drink with an ever growing popularity. Its leaves are steamed or pan fried, which preserves a lot of the health benefits and antioxidants of the plant. Oolong is a semi-fermented type of tea. This makes it somewhat black- and somewhat green tea. Beware that it can be brewed multiple times and connoisseurs claim that the second brew is the best one.
A few useful tips for brewing your tea:
- Always use fresh water;
- Pour a little hot water in your teapot and then discard it;
- Put the tea in the pot. The general dosage rule goes: one tea spoon of leaves per person + one extra for the pot;
- Add boiling water to the pot and leave it for a while, as per the package instructions;
- Remove the tea leaves and pour in cups.
Do not underestimate the importance of following the brewing instructions as different teas unfold by different brewing methods and some can even give unpleasant off-taste if not brewed correctly. For example, the herbal and fruit tisanes, as well as the black tea are brewed at 100 degrees C and it is important to warm the pot (point 2 above) to avoid drop in water temperature.
Green and white teas, on the other hand, are very delicate and are best brewed at about 80 degrees C. If you don’t have a thermometer, after the water gets boiling, just take it off the heat and leave it with open lid for about a minute. Then, you can pour it over your tea.
Some people like to add milk and we would challenge you to add a small spoon of Coppa della Maga. You can’t go wrong with the Classic Vanilla favour, but why don’t you experiment with something a bit more adventurous like our Grapefruit & Bergamot flavour. In fact, one of the most popular teas The Earl grey is scented also with bergamot, so it would make the perfect match with the ice cream!
By adding some Coppa della Maga to your tea, you will also get a pleasantly sweet drink with no sugar added, as our ice cream is sweetened with stevia and maltitol only. Furthermore, the drink would not be too hot and you can enjoy it all year round, also in the coming summer months: www.coppadellamaga.co.uk/ice-cream/flavours/