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Saturday, 25 April 2009

HOW TO BREW GOOD PU'ER TEA

Dear Valued Readers,


Drinking Pu'er tea is more than an art. It has been part of the Chinese culture for more than a thousand years. Due to its long historical record, there are several versions of preparing good Pu'er teas amongst its passionate drinkers.


For those who have very hectic daily lives and intent to slow down. Then they may consider tea drinking their hobbies. Tea drinking may not only nurture individual patience, but also working towards balance and healthy life.


To brew a good Pu'er tea, you also need to pay attention in details. Everything counts - water, tea base, utensil.


WATER
It is one of the key deciding components in brewing good quality of the teas. Spring water is preferred because it tastes comparatively much better and convenient than other type of water.


Spring water may be safer than your drinking water. Bottled water or spring water is definitely the drink of choice especially if you live in a neighbor with lousy and unsafe tap or well water. Tap or well water could be contaminated with high levels of chemicals (lead, arsenic and benzene), micro bacteria (bacteria, viruses and parasites), and hazardous materials (glass chips and metal fragments). Imagine drinking all of those disgusting inhabitants every day. Yuck!


That's why in the ancient time, the people at that time very much preferred to collect the stream water at the mountain top because it is less contaminated. They also prefer to have tea at the place where they can find tranquility - well balance with natural beautiful scenery with birds song, sound of waterfall coupled with cozy breeze blew beyond words. You can only use your imagination to do the work.


Please take note the contaminated water will affect the taste of the tea. This is because the tea leaves find will not be dissolved well into it comparative to clean stream water. Stream water is also much softer comparative to other type of water especially those with highly contaminated.


It is advisable to heat up the water about 80-95 degree, when you begin to see the bubble rising from the bottom of the kettle. Now, you know why I recommended you to use glass kettle in the first place. Once you see lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the kettle - well indicate that the water is over boiled. As a result, the water become comparatively harder.


When you pour the over boiled water to another tea pot with the Pu'er tea, you will realize that the tea leaves will not be able to dissolve well comparatively with the former. Naturally, it will affect not only the aroma, but its taste as well.


KETTLE HEATER
Because you are using the glass kettle, therefore you have to use the conventional mode instead of electrical heater, which is more convenient and easily available. One good side is that it will nurture your patience because it more tedious. After all this is the beauty of having such a hobby.


UTENSILS
There are a lot to deal with this topic. Therefore, I opt to discuss further in my forthcoming posts.


Thanks and trust you enjoy reading it.


See you again,


James Oh

 To read other related article on Pu'er, please click at the link below:-
http://teaartblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/dear-our-valued-visitors-when-we-talk.html

4 comments:

Sheila said...

great advise! I look forward to the continuation of this subject.

James Oh said...

Sheila,
Nice to see you again. Thanks for your sweet words and support.
Blessings to you,

FrankandMary said...

I went to a Zen Garden Party yesterday & they served wonderful teas....made me think to check your blog. I don't drink tea that often, but when I do I use spring water, & heat in glass. ~Mary

James Oh said...

Mary,
Trust you have a lovely party there and that's how it triggers you to visit this blog. Thanks for come back again and I do hope that you will fall in love with tea. Even if you don't, it is a good substitute for your coffee. I am a coffee lover - drink at least a cup a day. Drinking tea is my hobby and I do it when have the time due to its long process of preparation. You are a , fast learner.
Grace and peace to you.

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