It is said that in ancient China, tea masters were able to identify the specific water used to make the drink; they knew if it came from the edge of a river, the middle of a stream or the bottom of a well. It is also said that the Queen of England never travels without a supply of spring water to prepare her tea.
At a more modest level, it is important to use fresh, pure odourless water that is lime-free if possible. In certain parts of Spain, the tap water is very soft and perfectly suitable for brewing magnificent teas.
PRE-HEAT THE TEAPOT
Whether you are using pyramid tea bags or loose leaf tea, once the water is boiled, pour a little into the teapot and swish it around to heat it up. This is very important because a pre-heated teapot will not cool the brewing water down when you pour it in next, which will allow the leaves to release all of their perfumes during infusion.
RIGHT AMOUNT OF TEA
Empty the kettle, and then put the recommended amount of tea leaves in (see above).
POUR WATER OVER THE TEA
Boiling water should not be poured onto certain tea; depending on the variety, it should be at a temperature of between 70-90ºC.
LEAVE TO BREW
The brewing time also depends on the type of tea. Mild green teas typically need 1-2 minutes to brew, while other varieties can take up to 5 minutes.
After that, you are ready to serve!