The “AppeTEAzer” Pot of Tea

White Eagle and a couple of strawberries should satisfy until that larger potful is ready.
White Eagle and a couple of strawberries should satisfy until that larger potful is ready.

Can’t wait for that large pot of tea to steep up? Sounds like time for an “appeTEAzer” pot of tea. It’s usually about a one- or two-cup potful and can save your sanity while you’re waiting for that 6-cupper to steep.

You might think this makes no sense. After all, black tea takes about five minutes to steep no matter if you are steeping up a small potful, a cupful, or a whopping big potful. Same goes for green tea, oolongs, etc.

So, how in the world does it benefit you to steep up that smaller pot of tea?

Water is the key. And time.

Here’s a chart of how long it takes us to heat a certain amount of water to a boiling temperature on our electric stove according to our personal experience (that is, non-scientific):



8 ounces (1 cup)

5 mins.

16 ounces (2 cups)

7 mins.

24 ounces (3 cups)

9 mins.

32 ounces (4 cups)

12 mins.

48 ounces (6 cups)

14 mins.

Some vendors say that for teas needing less than boiling water, you should boil the water first and then let it sit to cool. Argh! More time passing by without a drop of tea to drink and all the more reason for that “appeTEAzer” potful. Sound a bit over the top? Maybe, but nibbling on those canapés before the main course is served can be a bit excessive, too. It all depends on how tolerant you are of hunger pangs and mind-numbing thirst.

I’m good with the former but not the latter. A quick cuppa Hyson, Chun Mee, White Eagle, or something similar would be good options here. They are light in flavor and will not dull your tastebuds for the main event. Very important considerations. An earthy cooked pu-erh could overwhelm your tastebuds and taint your perception of that “main course” tea. The same goes for any flavored teas. They are not suitable for that “appeTEAzer” tea.

Choose carefully and fill that void while the tea kettle reaches that boil. Enjoy!

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