Yes, I’m British, so you already think I’m a tea freak. I actually drink coffee more often, tea is more of a treat. Since introducing the office the Flavia machine, Animal and I have somehow wound up talking about tea making. Course, you’re probably thinking cup + water + tea bag = done; and I don’t blame you.
As an upshot of our discussions, tho, Animal happened on Teavana, and just as he was thinking “this is too much” he stumbled across the perfect tea brewer. I picked one up and some Assam tea, and man. Luxury!
If you like “Good Eats”, real tea making is actually quite surprisingly satisfying.
Really making tea, like really making coffee, can be a bit zen. Choosing the types of leaves, the blend, and the actual brewing process has a number of variables you can play with. Pouring hot water into a cold pot rapidly lowers the water temperature reducing the amount of caffeine in the tea.
When drinking tea with milk, most teas taste best if you pour the hot tea *into* the cold milk. Just too much hassle when making tea without a pot, but another score for the Teavana tea brewer ;)
If you give ’em a look over, the English and Irish Breakfast tea are pretty nice, Assam Gold Rain too.