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Last Updated on August 16, 2021
How to Brew Jasmine Tea? – A Quick Guide for Beginners
Jasmine tea has been enjoyed for over a thousand years as a delicious and soothing beverage. But it’s not just tasty: it actually has numerous health benefits. Jasmine tea is excellent at improving mood, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular health, and the immune system.
It also prevents diabetes, assists with weight loss, reduces pain, and calms strung out nervous systems. Because of its high levels of antioxidants, it may even prevent cancer! (1) Jasmine is considered a scented tea, well known for its beautiful floral aroma and delicate flavor. Typically it is mixed with other teas, most commonly green, but also white, oolong, or black tea.
Many people don’t know that jasmine tea does contain caffeine, so it’s best consumed earlier in the day. Traditionally, jasmine tea comes in jasmine pearls (balls) or thin, rolled tea leaves. Historically the tea would be served along with fresh jasmine flowers on a woven tray to heighten the aromatic experience.
These days, the tea and flowers are often mixed into a single tea bag during processing. The best quality jasmine teas are made with fresh jasmine flower buds. However, you will still gain benefits from jasmine tea in whatever format you consume it.
Brewing jasmine tea might seem simple, but to brew the most delicious cup possible, there is more involved than you may think. Let’s look at the best way to brew hot jasmine tea:
What you’ll need:
- Filtered water: the quality of your water will directly impact how your tea tastes. Brew with fresh, clean, filtered water, because tap water can impact how your tea tastes.
- Jasmine tea: either loose-leaf or prepared sachets. Check out our best Jasmine Tea recommendations here.
- Teapot with strainer
- An electric kettle: ideally, one made specifically for brewing tea, with a tea setting.
How to Brew Hot Jasmine Tea?
Boil your filtered water. If your kettle has a temperature setting, set the kettle to 175°F. If you are using loose leaf tea, use one teaspoon for every 250 ml or eight ounces of water. Add a bit of extra water so you can heat your teapot before you add the tea!
Warm up your teapot by pouring some hot water into it and letting that sit for a minute. Otherwise, your boiling water will rapidly cool once you add it to the pot, and your tea will not brew as well. Once your teapot is warm, toss out the water.
Add your tea leaves or sachet and hot water to the teapot. Let it steep for 3 minutes, and then remove your tea bag or loose leaves. They’re organic matter so make sure you put them in the compost bin, not garbage can!
Important Tip – Do NOT brew the tea too long. Any longer than three minutes and you are risking your tea turning bitter. That is the best way to ruin a cup of tea, so keep an eye on the timer.
Pour in your favorite mug and enjoy! It’s delicious on its own, or with milk and honey.
How to Brew Cold Jasmine Tea?
With summer in full swing, perhaps a hot beverage is, well, not your cup of tea at the moment. If you prefer drinking your tea cold, follow these steps:
Add your jasmine tea leaves or sachet in a water pitcher with cool or room temperature filtered water.
Cover the water pitcher and leave in the refrigerator for 6-12 hours.
Strain tea leaves and discard in the compost.
Enjoy your cold jasmine tea! You can add honey or other sweetener of your choice if you desire. Add some ice cubes and a reusable straw, and you have the perfect summer beverage!
Benefits of Jasmine Tea
As well as the aromatic and soothing flavor of a cup of jasmine tea, there are also many health benefits that it can bring. Here are some of the reasons why jasmine tea is great for the body and mind.
- It is caffeine free
- It is packed with antioxidants
- Some studies found it could help with weight loss by speeding up the metabolism (2)
- It could lower the risk of heart disease (3)
- It can protect your teeth and keep your breath fresh
- It could lower the risk of Parkinson’s (4)
However you enjoy your jasmine tea, you can trust that you are drinking a healthy and tasty beverage. Get in touch and let us know your favorite way to enjoy jasmine tea!
Also Read – Jasmine vs Green Tea: Key Differences Explained
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