Brew lovers can celebrate the nation's drink today with this simple method
ATTENTION brew-lovers! Did you know there's a day dedicated to the nation’s favourite drink? Well, there is - and National Tea Day is TODAY!
But how did the day come about? And what's the best way to make a cup of tea? Here's all you need to know...
When is National Tea Day 2019?
The highlight of the year for tea lovers takes place TODAY (Sunday April 21).
National Tea Day takes place every year and was founded by brew enthusiasts who wanted to create a platform to promote brands for taste and ethical practices.
Last year #Nationalteaday was one of the top hashtags on Twitter with a number of celebrities getting in on the action.
Which tea is best for health?
Chamomile and Green teas are tied for first place when it comes to health.
Both are considered the healthiest tea options however they serve different purposes.
Chamomile tea cuts blood-sugar levels, and the chemicals in the tea block activity of an enzyme associated with the development of diabetic eye and nerve damage.
Green tea is said to extract lost body fat and reduces cholesterol, while working efficiently to raise our metabolism.
How can you make the perfect cup of tea?
Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to making the perfect cuppa , but this is a good place to start:
- Draw a kettle using freshly drawn cold water which enhances the brightness in the cup
- Be careful to not over boil the water (note: black tea brews best at boiling point)
- Pop a tea bag or tea leaves in your mug and pour the hot water on top (if using tea leaves add two grams of tea leaves for 100ml of water in a strainer or infuser)
- Stir briefly and then leave the bag in the mug
- Allow the teabag to brew for two and a half to three minutes to make sure the flavour fully develops (for black tea allow five minutes)
- Gently squeeze the bag once against the edge of the mug and then remove (if using tea leaves remove the strainer)
- Enjoy with milk, sugar, lemon or served black depending on your preference