- by vinux
Many people have the habit of drinking tea, especially in dry weather. Taking timely tea to supplement moisture can not only adjust our body state, but also quench thirst and clear the mind, which is very beneficial to physical health. But it’s not a cup that can make all kinds of good tea. There are many details that need to be taken into account. Let’s take a closer look!
Drinking tea is a habit that many friends have, but many of them don’t understand the choice of cups and don’t know which cup is better for making tea. So what kind of cup should be used for tea-making for health?
The selection of teacups is very important, as a good cup can help bring out the health benefits of tea. Therefore, in the following text we will introduce what kind of cup to use for brewing tea for health and wellbeing. We hope the following introduction will be helpful to everyone.
Many people’s first thing after work is to make a cup of tea. Among them, those who like to use a thermos are not in the minority: pour hot water into it, sprinkle some tea leaves, tighten the lid, and they can drink warm tea all day long. In fact, this method will reduce the health benefits of tea and damage its taste.
Tea leaves are rich in various nutrients, such as various vitamins, minerals, and components with pharmacological effects such as tea polyphenols, caffeine and tannins. However, these nutrients are afraid of prolonged high temperatures. If tea leaves are soaked in hot water for a long time, the color of the tea soup will be dark and bitter taste will be intensified. Aromatic substances will volatilize faster and the tea soup will lose its expected aroma. Tannic acid and catechins are easily leached out, reducing their nutritional value. Vitamins such as Vitamin C can be greatly lost in an environment above 80°C, which also reduces the health-promoting function of tea.
Additionally, it is not advisable to use enamel teaware for brewing tea. Enamel teaware easily wears down after prolonged use, exposing iron sheets. Metal components will dissolve in the tea water, causing it to turn yellow and lose its original flavor. Moreover, enamel teaware has quick heat dissipation and transmission, which will cause the tea aroma to disperse quickly.
Therefore, to enjoy a cup of health-promoting and aromatic hot tea, it is best to brew with purple sand or ceramic teaware. After soaking the tea leaves, pour the tea into a thermos cup. This will keep it warm for a longer period of time and also make up for any nutritional deficiencies that might occur due to heat loss.
It should be noted that different teas require different water temperatures for brewing. Generally speaking, green teas such as Maojian, Longjing and Biluochun prefer water at 80-85°C; oolong tea, white tea Gongmei or Shoumei brick and post-fermented Pu’er prefer boiling water; while red tea can be brewed with 90°C water, the better red teas should be brewed with boiling water.
An ancient saying goes “Tea is brewed in water, and water resides in vessels.” From this statement, it’s easy to see the importance of teaware when drinking tea. Good tea, good water, and a good tea-drinking environment all make up the big picture for enjoying tea. With a great teaware, this process can be complete and perfect. The exquisite teaware brings us joy and creates an atmosphere for drinking tea. When selecting teawares, we usually have the basic requirement of being able to brew and drink; this should be practical, convenient, and also take into consideration color, shape, decorations, etc. No matter what color or texture of teaware we select, it should match the characteristics of the tea leaves in order to bring out its qualities to their fullest potential. With this general direction in mind and personal preferences taken into account regarding colors and shapes, is there a basic guideline of matching different types of teas with different types of teawares? The answer is yes! Here are some recommendations for pairing various types of teas with appropriate types of teawares.
Green Tea: Transparent glass cups without patterns, or white porcelain, blue-and-white porcelain, lidless cups and covered bowls are all suitable choices. The best choice is the transparent glass cup without patterns because this kind of tea set can better display the shape and color of green tea.
2. Yellow Tea: Milk-white porcelain, yellow glazed porcelain ware and five-colored teapots, cups, lids of bowls and cups in yellow and orange can be used to set off the color of tea more brilliantly.
3. White Tea: White porcelain teapot and cups can be used, or contrasting black glazed teaware with a much darker interior to highlight the white tea hairs.
4. For black tea: Purple sand teapots with white glaze on the inside walls, porcelain teapots, cover bowls, cover cups and more in white porcelain or red glazed porcelain can better bring out the maroon-like color of the tea.
5. Oolong Tea: White porcelain teapots, lids, bowls, or purple sand-based tea sets can be chosen. It sets off the tea color and gathers the tea aroma.
6. Black tea: You can choose between purple clay teapots, white porcelain cups and saucers, or graceful cups and other utensils.
Flower tea: Porcelain teapots, cover bowls, cover cups and so on can be selected from celadon, blue-and-white porcelain and enamel porcelain. Since flower tea needs to be steamed, the lid can collect the aroma. When the lid is opened, the fragrance will come out and best show the quality of flower tea.
In line with the above principles, different types of tea can be better complemented by matching teapots in terms of color, shape and aroma. This makes the process of tasting tea perfect. Teapots come in various shapes and colors, exquisite and unique. It is an indispensable pleasure when tasting tea. I believe that everyone can experience the visual enjoyment brought by teapots in daily drinking.