Make delicious tea in your French press! This simple French press tea recipe will show you how. Works with all kinds of tea! Thank you, PUR®, for sponsoring this article.
French Press Tea
Tea makes the world go ’round. In fact, (along with coffee), it’s one of the only things that makes my world go at all.
If it weren’t for the cup of black tea I had this afternoon, I wouldn’t be writing this article at all. No, I’d be lazing about on the couch, gazing blankly into the distance, wondering if it’s too early to pack it in and start watching Star Trek reruns.
Thankfully, afternoon cups of tea prevent such diversions—at least temporarily. But I digress.
After purchasing the most adorable miniature French press, I primarily used it for coffee. However, I discovered that it worked beautifully for tea as well.
Before I became a tea connoisseur, I didn’t pay that much attention to my tap water. However, the more I learned to taste the delicious subtleties of different teas, the more I noticed the not-so-delicious off flavors that plagued my tea-making efforts.
One of the most persistent off flavors was a bleachy taste that stood out even in tea with milk and sugar liberally added. Occasionally, I even got a whiff of a sulfurous odor when my nose was tilted into the mug.
I took a look at Know Your Water, an interactive tool from PUR that tells you the story of your water from the source, to the treatment plant, to your tap.
I was able to discover my closest water source and in-depth water quality information directly from the EPA public water quality data, plus an overview of how my water is treated at the local treatment plant.
Plus, I learned that even when water leaves the treatment plant meeting all the quality standards, it can still pick up contaminants along the way to your kitchen faucet. I figured this might well explain the presence of off flavors and odors in my coffee.
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Since the PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter is certified to reduce the taste and odor of chlorine, I was pretty sure it would solve the issue of bleachy-tasting water.
I installed the Advanced Faucet Water Filter (available in chrome or stainless steel at major retailers like Target or Walmart, or online at Amazon and PUR.com). This filter has a space-saving design that stands up to tough kitchen use.
I’m decently handy, but even if I wasn’t, installing the filter was no big deal. It even comes with adapters for different types of faucet connections.
I was ready in minutes to try it out by brewing some tea. First I had a sip of the newly filtered water to see how it tasted all by itself.
There was a huge improvement in flavor and odor. No more bleachy flavor, and the slightly sulfurous odor that formerly haunted a glass of tap water was nowhere to be found.
I celebrated by brewing a fresh cup of French press tea. From this day forward, I brew every single cup of tea with filtered water. No off flavors, no unwanted odors, just pure, smooth tea heaven.
Or should I say PUR tea heaven?
Tips for Making French Press Tea
- Always use loose tea, not bagged. You can find loose teas in some grocery stores or online tea purveyors.
- Check the tea package for recommended temperature and brew time. Although I’ve given a general recommendation in the recipe, some teas require a slightly different approach.
- French press tea is great morning or afternoon! You can even brew a decaf tea for evening relaxation. It’s also fun to serve French press tea for a special meal or a tea party.
- When pouring tea, remember “Milk In First.” Adding the milk to the tea cup first allows it to blend into the tea better (ask the British; I heard it from them).
French Press Tea
- Loose leaf tea
Measure out your water (6 ounces per serving) and your loose tea (one heaping teaspoon per serving).
Place the tea in the bottom of your French press.
Heat the water in a teapot to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour the hot water over the tea in the French press. Stir once or twice to set the water swirling, then cover the top of the French press but do not push the plunger down into the water.
Steep 3 to 5 minutes (2 to 3 minutes for green tea), then press the plunger gently all the way down.
Serve tea immediately. Don't let it sit in the French press, or it will continue to brew. Enjoy!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PUR.