After Adele received flak for placing a teabag in a cup after the water had been poured in a scene from her music video of Hello, we’ve decided to explore other rules of tea. We already know that the milk should come before tea and how many times a day Queen Elizabeth takes her tea, but for more tips, we consulted internationally renowned tea specialist and master blender David De Candia one morning at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Over tea, of course.
According to De Candia, the greatest mistake people make when preparing their tea is disregarding the proper steeping time, or the amount of time tea leaves are soaked in the water. The general rule is as follows in the chart below. Any longer than that and the tea becomes bitter. “People are used to leaving the average teabag in the cup and just adding more water. But you shouldn’t do that with quality tea,” he says.
De Candia talks about premium whole leaf teas, which he has blended for years. Whole leaf teas are black, green, and oolong that
Twenty-five—the estimated number of cups of tea De Candia consumes in a day. A cup, after all, is 97 percent water, he says. “You can drink tea all day and all night. I prefer tea over bottled water because it has
Tea blending takes time, and if you’re a novice who’s unsure of what will suit your taste, consult a tea specialist behind the counter. When pairing tea with food, De Candia says, “The goal is never to cancel the