JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Similar to coffee, there are several techniques available for brewing tea. To know which technique to use, one needs to learn more about the background of the tea, from the leaves to the tea type.
Again, just like coffee, tea can also be made in different ways.
Below are some of the emerging trends in the tea scene, according to tea expert Ratna Somantri.
Tea leaves can be processed by mixing them with particular tastes to produce different varieties. Like in Singapore, said Ms Ratna, you can find nasi lemak (rice cooked with pandan leaves and served with sambal) flavoured tea.
In Japan, the locals generally drink single-origin tea, but recently, you can also find tea mixed with cherry blossoms.
Premium tea bags
Many opt to drink tea using teabags for practical reasons. Hence, tea in different packages instead of "regular" bags are flourishing, such as those in the form of a pyramid to provide more space for the tea leaves to unravel. This is particularly suitable for people who are pressed for time, but want better quality tea.
Tea with a purpose
Tea for health is popular as well. It usually comes in the form of organic tea or tea for specific purposes, like relaxation, which is often chamomile tea.
New origin tea
China and Japan are some of the best-known teamakers, with a history of tea-making dating hundreds of years back.
However, lately, people have also been looking for high-quality tea from areas with a relatively short history as tea producers, such as New Zealand and Hawaii.
Similar to coffee, brewing tea with cold water is also trending. According to Ms Ratna, cold-brew tea is gaining popularity among tea lovers.
This green tea powder from Japan is very popular these days, often mixed in with hot water or even food.
Tea in food and drinks
Tea can be easily combined into food and drinks. For instance, you can mix it with syrup or fruit juice to create a mocktail. You can also add alcohol to make a cocktail.
Tea-flavorued cake can easily be found in cafes as well.
Creative tea presentation
Make your tea drinking habit more special by brewing the leaves in unique teapots.
You can also serve the drinks in an afternoon-tea style, enjoying it with various snacks.
Tea can easily be paired with certain foods. For instance, there are teas that will suit certain types of cheeses, just like pairing certain foods with certain wines.
You can also pair your tea with chocolate or traditional snacks.