Nothing could be easier and more satisfying than cold brew tea. Forget the cold brew coffee craze, tea is the newest trend! Cold brewing tea brings out more amino acids from the leaves which creates a lovely sweetness. This is because there are fewer tannins, a type of polyphenol, that make tea a little bitter. Green tea, for example, is known for its slightly astringent taste when brewed hot which may turn novice tea drinkers away. But cold brewing green tea gives it a smooth, almost sweet taste.
The health benefits of tea are delivered by cold brew with a little less caffeine but that jittery buzz won’t be missed: cold brewing tea brings out more L-theanine, an amino acid in tea that helps sharpen your mind and give you razor focus. It can also help reduce anxiety and high blood pressure.
So how do you cold brew tea? It’s easier than you think: just place your favorite loose-leaf tea in a large jar, fill it water, and pop it in the fridge for a few hours. You don’t have to use as many ounces of tea per cup of water when you cold brew, so it’ll make your tea supplies last even longer. When it’s done brewing, pour the tea through a strainer or cheesecloth and enjoy. Put some ice in a glass, pour in the fresh brew, and relax: you’ve earned it. Dylan Smith, Leafster and Cold Brew Extraordinaire, recommends Golden Monkey for your first cold brew, because “it’s delicious as all hell.”
If you’re intrigued by cold brew but don’t have the time to wait, you need a Steep & Go. The Steep & Go Cold Brew makes your summer tea cravings satiable and convenient. Just add 2-3 pinches of your favorite tea in the BPA-free bottle, pour in some cold water, shake to mix, and let it steep. In just ten minutes, you’ll be enjoying freshly brewed iced tea. The cap has a built-in filter, so you just pop the lid and enjoy! You’ll give those cold brew coffee drinkers something to gawk at in awe when you whip out the Steep & Go. While they wait for days (24 hrs is common) for their heaps of coffee to tediously soak, you’ll be on your merry way with a 10-minute fix of smooth cool tea. It’s so simple, you can brew it anytime and anywhere, and it tastes phenomenal. What are you waiting for? Get brewing.
Teas to try Cold Brewed: