5 Things Every Tea Connoisseur Must Have
Any tea lover knows that there’s never a bad time to have a cuppa; you can drink tea to wake up or to wind down, as a detox or as a treat- there’s no thirst this honey-hued liquid cannot quench. If you consider yourself to be a tea aficionado, you will know that there’s a pleasure that comes whenever you make a cup of tea. The sound of a whistling kettle, of dry loose tea leaves rubbing against one another as they gently fall into the pot, and of a teacup being placed on a saucer; all these sounds come together to create a melody that relaxes you and makes you feel at peace.
Enhance your tea drinking experience with Dilmah. Here are 5 tea accessories that every tea connoisseur must-have.
A Tea Kettle
A tea sommelier knows that no two teas are ever the same; the flavour, the colour, the brewing time, and the brewing water temperature all differ. Most people are unwilling to get a tea kettle and generally use a regular electric kettle or boil their water on the stovetop to make their tea. However, the tea kettle allows you to choose the temperature you want your water to be boiled at, so you no longer have to guess if the water is hot enough for oolongs or slightly cooler for green teas!
A Tea Cup
It’s needless to say that having a teacup is a must if you pride yourself as a true tea connoisseur. Yes, drinking your tea from a mug is fine, but you don’t want your tea ritual to be ‘just fine’, you want it to be great. Here are a variety of teacup styles for you to choose from:
- Ceramic: Ceramic is widely used in tea ware manufacturing. This popular type of teacup is made in kilns using baked clay pottery. Ceramic teacups are very versatile as they can be made in any shape, size or colour, but its many benefits come from its functionality. Ceramic has a high resistance to heat, it retains heat for a longer period of time, and it does not affect the taste of your tea.
- Porcelain and Bone China: These have been used throughout history to make tea ware. Most British tea sets are made from bone china and these teacups have a very delicate feel to them. Bone China is contrived from a combination of clay and bone ash and it is believed that the smooth shape of these cups prevents tannins in the tea from staining the cup.
- Glass: Glass is another non-reactive material that is widely used in manufacturing tea ware. These teacups have a modern aesthetic to them. Although glass does not retain heat as well as other options like ceramic, try using a double wall glass teacup to have all the aesthetics of a glass cup but with all the heat of a ceramic one.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless steel will definitely keep your tea piping hot for as long as possible. While this option is not the best if you’re trying to quickly finish your tea- you can easily burn your lips if you don’t wait for the tea to cool. It’s a great option for travel.
A Tea Strainer/Infuser
A simple mesh tea strainer is a staple in any tea lover’s house. It’s a must-have when you’re drinking loose leaf tea; a tea infuser lets the leaves steep in the hot water without any debris or small leaves getting into your drink. These days tea infusers come in many forms, from removable infusers that you can set in your cup, to the classic one that hangs on the side of your teacup like a teabag, or even an infuser mug.
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A Brew Timer
A brew timer is ideal if you get distracted while you brew your tea. It will also ensure that your tea is brewed to perfection, so you don’t over steep the tea and ruin it.
Reusable Containers and Loose Leaf Tea
If you’re using loose leaf tea to brew your cuppa, remember to store it correctly! An airtight container will keep moisture out of your leaves, keeping the tea fresh for longer. A reusable container will also help the environment while you enjoy Ceylon’s finest tea.