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Sunday 12 April 2015

Cold is the new Hot !

Image: Time to swap your cuppa for a cold brew tea?

Apparently "Cold brew tea is the hot new thing ..... you may never drink tea the same way again. The experts are involved and they reckon it needs to be cold.

News flash: steaming mugs are out, cold cups are in.

Let’s get one thing clear, we’re not talking about an iced tea or a cup of builder’s that you've forgotten about in the kitchen for a good few hours, this is a purer, more sophisticated take on tea.

Made from adding tea leaves to cold water and refrigerating them overnight, which aficionados say showcases the delicate flavours more effectively than hot water from the kettle, cold-brew tea is slowing seeping its way across Britain.

Cafes and street food trucks have been spreading the cold brew message at hipster hotspots and London even has its very own cold-brew café, 
Kenkō Tea Bar in Old Street.

Limau Chen, co-founder of Kenkō Tea Bar, told Homemade: “Cold brew tea is an extremely popular drink in far east Asia and it has recently become a trend in the States and Canada.

“Last year saw the cold-brew coffee trend hit the UK, but it is now high time we turn to cold brew tea.”

Kenko cold brew tea

So what sort of tea responds best to the cold-brew treatment? Well, it isn’t your basic breakfast blend.

Chen explains: “The best way to make it is with premium loose tea leaves. Tea bags often contain smaller pieces of tea that lack the full flavour of the whole tea leaves. Tea bags can also contain added flavours giving a harsher flavour to the tea.”

“It’s important to choose the right type of tea leaves and be aware of the optimum steeping time for this tea. Each tea has a recommended steeping time in order to extract the maximum flavour and health properties of the tea.

“However, over-steeping can create a bitter taste ... Finding the perfect steeping time may require a little experimentation and patience, although we recommend a minimum of eight hours.”"

Top picture courtesy of Comins Tea House in Dorset who serve cold brew tea.

Now does this sound your cup of tea? Speaking personally I love my tea quite hot, and not necessarily in a cup with saucer. A nice steaming mug suits me fine. But if I'm near one of these new 'tea houses' I just may pop in and try one.

All the best Jan


Jo said...

This doesn't appeal to me at all, though I'm not really a lover of hot drinks so perhaps cold tea would actually suit me.

tess said...

:-) i'm with you, Jan -- hot tea is head-and-shoulders above the cold version IMHO!

Anonymous said...

Seems a silly idea to me. Perhaps I ought to try it to confirm it is silly?

Jenny S

Anonymous said...

That tea house in Dorset looks nice,but I'm not convinced about the cold tea idea.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo, Tess, Jenny and 'Anonymous' - many thanks for leaving your thoughts.

Interesting to see you all have doubts about this 'Cold Tea'. I guess the only way we will find out if we enjoy it, is to try it out !

All the best Jan