As the temperatures rise, many people are looking for a refreshing and hydrating drink to beat the heat. Enter cold brew tea, a delicious and easy-to-make beverage that has taken the tea world by storm. In this article, we'll explore what cold brew tea is, its benefits, and how to make the perfect cup in a snap with Qi Aerista Smart Tea Brewer.
What is Cold Brew Tea?
Cold brew tea is exactly what it sounds like: tea that is brewed using cold water instead of hot water. Unlike traditional hot tea, which is brewed quickly and steeped for a short period of time, cold brew tea is typically steeped for several hours (or even overnight) in a mixture of cold water and tea leaves. The result is a smooth and flavorful tea that is perfect for hot summer days. With Qi Aerista, we can shorten the whole brewing process from hours to just a matter of minutes.
What Types of Tea Are Best for Cold Brew?
Some teas that work particularly well for cold brewing include black tea, green tea, and herbal tea blends. Here are some tips on how to select the right tea for your taste preferences and the occasion:
- Black tea: If you prefer a stronger, more robust flavor, black tea is a great option for cold brew. It also works well as a base for adding fruit or herbs to the tea during the brewing process.
- Green tea: For a lighter, more delicate flavor, try using green tea for your cold brew. Green tea also has a lower caffeine content than black tea, which makes it a good option for those who are sensitive to caffeine.
- Herbal tea blends: Herbal tea blends, such as chamomile, mint, and fruit blends, are naturally caffeine-free and make for a refreshing and flavorful cold brew.
Benefits of Cold Brew Tea
There are several benefits to drinking cold brew tea, including:
- Cool off: Unlike hot brewed tea, cold brew tea is already cooled down and ready to drink after it has been made. This can be particularly refreshing on a hot day or when you need a quick pick-me-up to cool yourself down.
- Smoother taste: Cold brew tea is less bitter than hot brewed tea because the cold water extracts fewer tannins and caffeine from the tea leaves. This results in a smoother, less astringent flavor that can be more refreshing and easier to drink.
- Lower caffeine content: Cold brewing tea reduces the caffeine content of the tea, making it a great option for those who are sensitive to caffeine.
How to Brew Perfect Cold Brew Tea with Qi Aerista
Making cold brew tea in the traditional way is relatively easy but takes a really long time. Often we need to steep the tea leaves in a pitcher of water inside the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Qi Aerista's patented brewing system greatly quickens the cold brew process and get it done in as little as just 10 minutes. Simply follow these steps:
- Start by adding 2 to 3 cups of room temperature water to the brewer’s pot. For best brewing results for Cold Brew, at least 2 cups of water is needed.
- Place your tea leaves in the infuser basket. 2-3 teaspoons of broken tea leaves per cup of water added is a good starting point, but feel free to adjust to your liking.
- Place the infuser basket onto the pot and close the lid.
- Place the pot onto the base. Turn on the brewer.
- Select the built-in Cold brew program and it will make the perfect cold brew tea automatically. The preset brewing temperature is 25°C/77°F. The preset brewing time is 10 minutes, but you can customize the brewing time setting up to 15 minutes for an even stronger taste. It's important to note that while the brewing time can be adjusted, the temperature is not adjustable for cold brewing.
- Once the brewing process is complete, Qi Aerista separates the tea leaves and finished tea automatically. Unlike other brewing programs, the the finished cold brew tea will not enter the keep-warm mode to stay cool.
- Finally, enjoy your cold brew tea plain or serve it over ice for an extra refreshing treat.
In conclusion, cold brew tea is the perfect refreshment for summer. With its smooth flavor, lower caffeine content, and cool refreshing taste, it’s no wonder why cold brew tea has become increasingly popular. Plus, with Qi Aerista, you can enjoy a perfectly brewed cup of cold brew tea in just a matter of minutes, making it a convenient and delicious way to stay cool and hydrated all summer long. So why not give it a try and see for yourself what all the buzz is about?