5 Great Reasons Why You Should Cold Brew Tea
Cold Brew — It's Not Just A Trend
Quality cold brew tea, like coffee, is increasingly popular these days. Even the stalwart snobs among us have happily discovered that it cannot be considered inferior to their preferred paraphernalia-laden methods of brewing. There are a few ways to brew loose leaf tea, but cold brew is just different with benefits of its own. So let's take a quick look at why cold brew appeals to tea lovers of all types.
5 Basic Benefits Of Cold Brew Tea
As a brewing method, it doesn't get easier. Tea leaves in any reusable water bottle or pitcher, add water, let sit. Done.
Any type of tea can be cold-brewed. And it's the most brew-friendly method because it's actually difficult to under or over-brew. You have lots of leniency in terms of following the recipe here!
Cold brew tea is custom designed for people on-the-go. Put tea leaves in your water bottle and let it brew on your way to wherever. Or pull your pre-brewed bottle out of the fridge to enjoy right away, and all day long!
The biggest differentiating factor of cold brew is that it maintains its fresh flavor for a really long time, especially if refrigerated. The tea leaves do not "stew" in a cold brew, and keep their vitality. And the slow, gentle cold brew method allows you to refill with fresh water repeatedly and still get a satisfying brew.
Research has reported that cold-brewed tea contains more anti-oxidants and less caffeine than hot-brewed tea. So if you're looking for the pure enjoyment of a refreshing tea beverage, but want to keep the caffeine intake down — cold brew is the one!
Finally, for a visual reference on the ease, versatility, and convenience of making large quantities of a delicious, refreshing cold brew tea beverage — we poured the liter of cold brew Gardenia Flower Oolong Tea in the photo above into a 1.5 liter container, half-filled with ice. Instant picnic!
There are lots more details, tips, and recommendations to share about cold-brew tea, which we will happily share in subsequent posts. So stay tuned for more commentary, and please share your experiences of cold brew tea with us here in the comments below! If you're interested in our teas, check out our full tea offerings here!
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