How to brew the perfect cuppa

Auckland Nutritionist Larissa Beeby's tips for brewing the perfect cup of tea.

My current favourite tea – mint!

So you probably read the heading and are now saying in your head ” What!, is she crazy!  You just boil the jug and pour the water into your cup and tea bag!”  but I beg to differ here!  And a little disclaimer, as most avid tea drinkers will have their own way they like their cuppa but here is what I like to do.

–  Make sure the teapot/cup is clean.

–  Start with both a preheated pot and also cup.  Filling them both with hot tap water is fine.

–  Always use fresh cold water in the jug (not the hot tap in this case!), and let the tap run for a few seconds to ensure its super cold and also aerated which will help to release the full flavour of the tea leaves.

–  Tea loves oxygen.  Don’t let the water boil for too long as it will boil away the flavour-releasing oxygen.  Just remember for green tea you need to have the water just below boiling.

–  Pour boiling water over the tea leaves or bag.

–  Brew for 3-5 minutes, many packs will tell you the best brewing time for the tea.



If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.


Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist

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