WHY CHOOSE TEA OVER COFFEE?
Tea contains many beneficial compounds, including polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants. Tea also contains caffeine, which helps boost energy levels. There are many reasons why drinking tea is healthier than drinking coffee. Here are a few reason why tea is a great alternative to coffee.
- First, tea contains tannins, which help protect against cancer. Free radicals are produced when we breathe oxygen and when our bodies metabolize food. They cause cell damage and contribute to aging.
- Second, tea contains more polyphenols than coffee. Polyphenols have antioxidants, which fight free radicals and prevent cell damage. Polyphenols are natural substances found in plants that help protect against free radicals, which are molecules that damage cells and DNA.
- Third, tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that calms the brain and reduces stress.
- Finally, tea is less acidic than coffee, so it won’t upset your stomach as much.
Give the gift of tea this Father's Day as a healthy alternative to coffee that's ever better during these how summer months served as cold brew. Read on to learn more about cold brew and how easy it is to make and enjoy!
WHAT IS COLD BREW TEA?
- Cold brewing is a slow and gentle process where tea steeps in water for hours in the refrigerator. Cold brew tea makes absolutely the best iced tea. It’s also the easiest way to make iced tea, but it does take several hours.
- Cold brewing makes a sweeter, smoother tasting tea since tannins, which make tea bitter, aren’t steeped out of the tea in cold water the way it does in hot water. This means no more bitter iced tea!
- Cold brew tea is perfect to make in the hot summer months.
COLD BREW STEEPING GUIDE:
- Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover and place in refrigerator to cold brew.
- Use cool or room temperature filtered water. No need to boil any water to make cold brew tea.
- Strain out tea leaves. For better results use a cold brew tea maker or tea steeper.
- Use a mesh strainer if using loose tea or just take out the tea sachets or tea bags.
- Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled, but add ice to keep it colder for longer.
- Not all tea is cold brewed for the same amount of time. Green tea in general is trickier to cold brew. It can taste bitter if not made properly so always check brewing guides. Black tea, oolong tea, and herbal teas are the easiest to brew since it’s harder to mess up and should be cold brewed for 12 hours.
- Instead of using a strainer, the easiest way to cold brew tea is in a cold brew maker since you can just take out the infuser instead of straining the tea into another container.
- Make and store your tea in glass containers. Plastic tends to stain and leave behind odors.
- Keep cold brewed tea in constant rotation by starting a new brew 1-2 days after starting the first.
- Cold brewed tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
If you want to sweeten your tea, the best way is to use simple syrup. It’ll be the easiest to incorporate into your tea since it’s liquid. Also try flavored simple syrups to sweeten and flavor your cold brew tea.
COLD BREW LATTE USING TEAHOUSE BLACK TEAS
A refreshing and creamy iced black tea latte made with simple ingredients. • Steep 1 tbsp. black tea of your choice in 1 cup of water at 196 degrees for 3-5 minutes • ½ cup milk (regular or plant-based)• ¾ tbsp vanilla extract• 2 tsp maple syrup • 1½ – 2 cups ice