Kitchen Guide : How to brew a perfect cup of tea Today, when people value the time to rest and relax. Many of you might miss a cup of warm tea when it gets cold in Winter. Teas are in forms of loose leaf and tea bags. So you can enjoy it as you want. Shall we look at the way to brew a delicious cup of tea?Each type of tea has its specific storage method and appropriate brewing temperature. In case of loose leaf tea, you mustn’t brew it in boiling water at 100℃. If the brewing water is too hot, it breaks down the nutrition of the tea. The water temperature at 7-80℃ allows the leaves to soak water slowly and to prevent nutrition loss. In the case of black tea or pu’er tea that are fermented tea, the brewing water temperature is recommended to be more than 90℃ to enjoy fully. Today, I will show you how to brew a loose green tea. STEP 1. Warm empty teapot and tea cup by pouring hot water. The reason for pre-heating is to keep the “temperature” of the tea. If you pour water at 100℃ into a cold cup, the water will cool down rapidly. Won’t it? Pre-heated tea cup, even for a short while, slows down heat loss. It allows leaves to be brewed at a constant water temperature. STEP 2. Add loose leaf tea (3 g) into the pre-heated teapot. Tip. Round form of the teapot is recommendable. It make the tea leaves jump and brew more flavorful tea. STEP 3. Brew the tea for 3 minutes after pouring water at 7-80℃. STEP 4. Take out tea leaves and pour the tea into a cup. Tip. A teapot with tea strainer makes the process easier! Do you see the tea strainer inside of the teapot catches leaves well?STEP 1. Prepare tea bag and tea cup. STEP 2. Warm the tea cup for a while. The reason for pre-heating is same as mentioned before. STEP 3. Fill the cup with hot water and add tea bag. (Pour water as much as specified in tea bag) Tip. If you pour water later after tea bag, tea bag might float because of air, so the tea is not brewed properly and it becomes bitter. Most of overseas tea brands recommend brewing time according to their water type. So, they mainly use hard water as a standard. Tip. Black tea tends to brew slowly in hard water and fast in soft water. If you follow the instruction with tap water in Korea (soft water), the tea can be bitter and stronger in flavor. But, it is more important to find the best brewing time for you! STEP 4. Do not press hard with teaspoon, nor do shake tea bag too much. Tea bag’s tea leaves are in forms of powder or 1mm-size pieces, so the tea can be bitter easily. In cold winter, how about relaxing yourself with a cup of hot tea?