How do you make a delicious cup of Earl Gray tea?

Published on 15/11/2020 Last updated on 09/08/2021

It is important to maintain your moisture balance. Sometimes you would like to alternate water with something else. You can do that perfectly with a cup of Earl Gray tea. And if you don’t add sugar or milk, it is also a calorie-free drink. But how do you make a perfect and delicious cup of Earl Gray tea?

Earl Gray is a black tea, a blend of different teas. The characteristic taste of Earl Gray comes from the citrus fruit bergamot.

The tastiest Earl Gray

Tea is one of the favorite drinks in the world. We drink an average of 90 liters of tea per year. That’s quite a bit. Then of course you want it to taste good. Did you know that the taste depends on the temperature of the water and how long you let the tea steep? For the perfect cup of Earl Gray tea:

  • heat the water to 90 to 95˚C;
  • brew the tea for 3 to 4 minutes.

The temperature of the water is crucial for the quality of the tea. Which flavors are released from the tea leaves is strongly dependent on the water temperature. For example, if the water is too cold, too few flavors are released. But if the water is boiled too hot, tea takes on a bitter taste. The time it takes to steep the tea is also important. The longer the tea is steeped, the more flavours the tea leaves release and the stronger the tea becomes. Never let tea steep for too long, certainly no longer than 5 minutes. Then tannins are released, which provide the bitter taste.

Brew tea with soft water

When using tap water, a foam layer can sometimes float on your tea. Sometimes this is caused by the water temperature being too low. There are still many dissolved gases, such as oxygen, in the water. When this comes into contact with the tea bag, these substances react and a foam layer is formed. It can also mean that the water contains too much lime. This has to do with the hardness of tap water. Hard water is usually the standard for tap water. It contains calcium and magnesium, minerals that naturally occur in our groundwater. The more of these minerals are in the water, the harder the water. Just as the dissolved gases create foam, the minerals can create an oily film on your tea. You can prevent this by filtering the water with ZeroWater. The ZeroWater 5-stage filter completely filters calcium and magnesium from the water, resulting in a clear cup of tea.

Since tea consists of 99% water, it is not surprising that the quality of the water greatly influences your glass of tea. And not only the appearance of your tea depends on the water, the smell and taste are also influenced by lime in the water. So from now on, make a perfect cup of tea with lime-free soft water with the help of ZeroWater.