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How to make the perfect cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea

Ask two tea drinkers how to make the perfect cup and you’re guaranteed to get two very different answers. Steeping time, water temperature, and in the case of black tea, the milk/water/sugar order-conundrum are just some of the variables involved in making a good cuppa. Not to mention the tea bag versus loose leaf debate. So is there actually a right way to make a cup of tea?

Tea sommelier Rebecca Cressman says while personal preference plays a big part, there is a way to achieve optimal flavour from tea leaves. And this largely comes down to water temperature and steeping time, which differ depending on the variety of tea being brewed.

Cressman and tea shop owner Raymond Mao run regular tea tasting sessions in Sydney where they introduce people to the six broad categories of tea to come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant – white, green, yellow, oolong, black and pu-erh – listed here in order of least exposed to air to most.


Natural ways to remove stress

Natural ways to remove stress

Stress can arise for a variety of reasons like when there is a sudden accident, death, a serious illness or disease. Stress can also araise from daily life. It’s hard to stay calm and relaxed in our hectic lives. Both short and long-term stress can have effects on your body and a siuation comes when you feel you can handle no more. In this situation stress leads to insomnia, headaches, constipation, irritability, lack of energy and concentration, anger, tension etc. Any change in our lives can be stressful, even like having a baby or taking a new job.