Tea is a popular drink in many cultures, and it is often used as a way to relax. In Australia, a considerable population of tea drinkers is interested in high-quality tea with health benefits. This has led to an increase in demand for tea and its variants. One of the most common teas in Australia is black tea (aka regular tea), made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plants. It has been consumed for centuries worldwide, making it one of history’s most widely consumed beverages. Black teas are rich in antioxidants and other natural health benefits that can help you feel better while drinking them.
Step 1: Add the tea bag or leaves to a cup.
Teabags are the most common, but you can also use tea leaves. The key is to ensure that your tea has enough time to steep before drinking it so that it doesn’t taste like astringent, which means letting your brew sit for several minutes (or even hours). The last thing you want is your tea to become bitter because of over-brewing.
Step 2: Pour hot water into the cup.
Do not fill it to the rim. Leave some space for milk or sugar if you are using any. Black tea is known to have a brisk flavour profile, which may or may not suit your palate.
Step 3: Steep for 3 – 4 minutes.
Steeping time depends on the type of tea you are brewing. Teabags, for example, should be soaked for 3 minutes, and loose leaves can take up to 4 minutes.
If you’re using a tea bag, it’s best to steep it in hot water (just under boiling) while stirring gently with a spoon or fork so that all the leaves are submerged in liquid by the end of your steeping time.
If you’re using loose-leaf tea, you can pour boiling water over the tea and let it sit for 4 minutes. Add more tea leaves to your cup or pot if you want a more intense flavour.
Step 4: You can add milk, cream, lemon or honey to add flavour to your tea.
You can add milk and sugar to your tea, which is a great combination. Adding lemon or honey will undoubtedly give an edge to the brew. Depending on what type of flavour you want to achieve, this must be considered when making the perfect cup of black tea.
The tea brewing process is simple and quick.
The process is simple and quick. You need a cup, water and teabag or leaves. Add the tea bag or leaves to the cup, pour hot water into it, and steep for 3 – 4 minutes. If you prefer milk in your tea, add any type of milk (whole, skimmed, cream) along with sugar or honey according to your taste preference.
Stir well before serving!
With the tea market growing every year in Australia, finding a tea that would suit your health needs is not difficult. Many are leaning toward herbal or fruit teas in Australia, but black tea is still the most consumed. Black tea is a great choice if you’re looking for an excellent detoxifying drink.
- It’s rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that help keep your body healthy, including potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6.
- Black tea also contains compounds that can help lower blood pressure levels by relaxing the muscles in your arteries (which is good news if you have hypertension).
- The best part about black tea is that it does not necessarily have to be hot; you can even experiment with other condiments!
Black tea is a great drink on its own or with any flavour of your choice, as long as it does not suppress the effects of black tea or nullify them.