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Cold brewing is fab. Just throw 2-3 tablespoons of loose leaf (or a few teabags) and cool water into a pitcher/teapot/fancy carafe/whatever, and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, strain the liquid off the spent leaves (or just remove your teabags) and enjoy your tea.
There's a super cool trend circulating the tea industry the last year or two that takes cold brewing to a whole new level. Have you heard of ice steeping? This is my new obsession for Japanese green teas in particular. Sencha, Genmaicha, even the delicate and beautiful Gyokuro can turn on you and develop bitter edges in a snap if you don't brew them just so. Personally, finicky teas stress me out. I love them, but the pressure to get the perfect infusion with such a delicate leaf is weighty. Since I discovered ice steeping, I'm totally not even worried about it! I put a couple teaspoons of leaf into my 12 oz. french press and cover with as much ice as my press will hold. Just leave it alone until the ice melts and your tea will be perfectly infused with all the complex sweet notes we love and none of the bitterness we fear. Just beautiful! Thanks to my friend Lauren (and local tea geek extraordinaire) for introducing me to this method.
In addition to the ease and tastiness cold brewing adds to your routine, the health benefits are pretty great! This method eases the acidity in both coffee and tea, which is a definite plus for those of you who struggle with acid reflux/indigestion. You'll also get fewer tannins, which can hamper your iron absorption and are the reason tea is sometimes recommended against for anemic folks.
So yeah. Cold brew is the jam and I highly recommend you try it out as the weather continues to warm up! Let me know some of your favorite things about cold brewing and/or your tips and fave teas to infuse this way!