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Harnessing the Beauty of Glass to Create an Elegant Tea Drinking Experience
Brewing tea in a glass teapot
adds beauty and elegance to your tea service. When you place loose tea or a tea flower inside a glass vessel, you can watch as the leaves unfurl and turn plain water into a flavorful steep. Follow these steps to enjoy a delicious cup of tea with your favorite glass pot.
Choose Your Tea
Make the most of every cup by picking a favorite tea blend. Black, green, white, herbal and artisan flowering teas all look beautiful when brewed in a glass pot. Tea "flowers" are actually bundles of tea leaves wrapped in flowers to create a bulb shape that "blooms" as the tea steeps, turning the pot into a miniature garden that you can admire as you drink.
Heat the Water
Using a kettle or a pan on the stove, heat the desired amount of water to the correct temperature for the tea you chose. Black and herbal teas need boiling water while green and white tea require slightly cooler water. Be sure to pre-heat your vessel by rinsing your teapot with hot water to warm it up. This creates a consistent temperature for the tea and helps prevent the possibility of breakage.
Add the Tea
Measure the correct amount of tea or place a tea flower directly into the pot. Though many glass teapots come with an infuser, there's something special about watching tea leaves expand as they brew. This is especially true of pearl and gunpowder varieties.
Steep and Keep Watch
Each tea type has a specific brewing time. For green, it's around two-three minutes; black teas may be three-five minutes. Some herbal teas take more than five minutes for the flavor to fully infuse and never become bitter from over-steeping. Watch the color of the water change and check the taste of the tea at the shortest brewing time to see if you like it. Keep testing until you discover the strength you prefer.
Pour and Enjoy
Make sure all the tea leaves have settled before pouring your tea. If you chose not to use an infuser, you may wish to pour through a strainer. You may preheat the cups the same way you did the pot if you desire, but this isn't necessary. Add your preferred sweetener, stir, and enjoy. Keep the rest of the pot warm with a teapot warmer. These small, burner-style stands have space for a tea light candle to keep the tea at a steady temperature.
Using a glass pot allows you to control every aspect of the tea brewing experience. By giving you the ability to watch the leaves expand and gauge the strength of the tea from the color of the liquid, glass teapots ensure the best flavor every time.