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Most often when we hear the term cold brew, most of us think about coffee, but it works as perfectly with tea, if not even better.
Cold brew tea is such a great way of boosting your body with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients tea have to offer. Let's not forget that it keeps us hydrated too!
Whether you want to lower your alcohol intake, find an alternative for a soft drink, or just have a more interesting way of keeping yourself hydrated and healthy, cold brew tea is the perfect drink for you!
"First time I tried cold brew tea I found my self tasting it as if I was sipping a beautiful white wine that was perfectly chilled. I found the flavours in the tea becoming crisper and more defined."
- Beatrice Garvey CEO of We B Tea
Drinking cold brew tea gives you as much freshness as it gives you the humble warmth when you drink it warm.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT COLD BREW TEA
Cold brew tea is not only very delicious, but it also brings some pros with it. When cold brewing tea there will be a smaller amount of caffeine released compared to the warm brewed tea.
There is also shown in scientific research that there is a difference in the release of antioxidants when warm brewing and cold brewing tea. It is a lower release of antioxidants in cold brew tea if you let it brew for less than 8 hours, but after eight hours the release of antioxidants gets greater than when brewing your tea warm. Interesting, isn't it?
When should I drink cold brew tea?
The options are endless - You can make it into an everyday drink or serve it instead of wine, soft drinks or cocktails when having a gathering.
Having a bottle of cold brewed tea in your fridge at all time gives you a good habit of keeping yourself more hydrated. While working you can easily keep your cold brew tea on your desk, it will give you both energy as well as healthy vitamins and minerals.
Pair your tea with food. It is actually amazing how well the right tea can pair with different meals. It is just like wine in that sense and it will lift both the food and the tea in itself when paired correctly!
You can make beautiful mocktails out of cold brew tea and different tea blends will give you a variety of different flavours. Play around with adding juice, crushed fruit and berries or why not adding a bit of kombucha into your cold brew tea. The sky is your limit.
Did you know that tea leaves can get reused up to 4 times? This means that 100g of tea leaves can turn in to 60 litres of tea. That, my friend, will keep you hydrated for a long time!
Is it difficult to make cold brew tea?
No not at all, actually very simple but it takes a minimum of 4 hours so a little bit of planning is required.
Cold brew tea is much more forgiving, we all have had the bitter green tea that turns a lot of people off from drinking it forever. This is because we either steep it in too hot water or too long. This makes the tea leaves release more tannins, which gives the bitter notes in the tea. You can read more about how to stop the bitterness in green tea here.
CAN I ADD SUGAR TO MY COLD BREW TEA?
We recommend you to try without first! The beauty of cold brew tea is that it is very hard to actually make it bitter as we otherwise find warm tea to be (if brewed wrong).
Generally speaking, our tastebuds answers quicker to sugar and we have been trained to enjoy the quick sweet taste sugar gives us, therefore basically all drinks are filled with sugar or another type of sweetness, our brain will simply click to the fact of recognising the sweetness and makes us think we like the drink due to that.
Instead, let your tastebuds develop to define complex flavours. Go away from the urge of adding sugar to your cold brew tea and let yourself enjoy the flavour tea blends are filled with.
HOW SHOULD COLD BREW TEA BE SERVED?
To give the nicest experience to your guests we recommend you to keep it cold.
As a good white wine or champagne, you don't add ice to keep it cold, either you put it in an ice bucket or have it in the fridge. Cold brew tea is no different, it should be crispy and cold!
If you add ice to your cold brew tea it will become watery and a lot of the flavours will get weak when the ice melts.