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How To Make Tea With Granules: 17 Infusions That Are Sure To Delight
I run my own tea cafe in an upcoming North Kolkata locality and whenever the word tea is mentioned it invokes unknown feelings in me. The beverage is something I learned to make at quite an early age. Now, each variety and flavor have its own steep time along with a few other essential points that need to be taken note of. Well, this is exactly what I am going to share with you all in my blog. Let’s begin with getting to know how to brew different tea with granules.
How To Make Tea With Granules By Adding Milk
India is known as The Largest Tea Society of The World, where each region has its own take on the drink that is worth sipping. Milk tea is one such option that is much loved and the top reason is milk cuts down the astringency of the beverage when infused and makes the drink smooth and rich to taste. This variety boasts inviting flavors that deserve a mention. So, ready to dive into a tea-tastic journey with me?
1. When Making Tea With Granules & Further Adding Milk, Indian Masala Chai Cannot Be Missed
Indian masala chai or Indian spiced tea is my favorite variety & is something which I can drink anytime. This is one variety of tea that has more than one method of making it. However, I am going to share my method of making the drink that almost all tea cafes or kiosks have in common and I am sharing the way that’s followed at my cafe.
Filtered water is poured into a stainless steel saucepan that’s then placed on an open fire. Now, I then add cardamom, cloves, and ginger to the simmering water, and then depending on the cups of tea I add my tea leaves. Just sit back till the water starts changing its color and then add milk. I then let it brew for 1 to 4 minutes and strain.
Tea brewed in the above manner gives me a light brown color but, some customers want their tea to be darker. When this is the case, I just tell my staff to add one teaspoon of the leaves without diluting it with milk and let it boil on medium to low heat for an addition of 1-2 minutes. Now, a teapot is an ideal choice but, if you don’t have one shouldn’t keep you away from making tea. Read my blog on How to brew tea without a teapot and find out 13 stupendous tricks that’s worth a read.
2. The Trick Behind Making Cheese Tea With Granules Is Pretty Simple
My cafe is located in an upcoming North Kolkata locality and cheese tea is a fast-catching trend. However, do you know what cheese tea is or how is it made? Be my guest and embark on a cheesy journey. Let us first get familiar with the concept of cheese tea. The tea is a combination of black or green tea, milk, salt, and cream cheese. Simply put, the tea is topped with a foam that is made from salty or sweet cream cheese, milk, and whipped cream.
Coming to its making style and I vouch for the sheer simplicity it offers in terms of the method. I am sharing the most simple way with you. I will start by mashing cream cheese in a clean bowl and keep mashing it till all that remains are fine yet small pieces. Then I would combine it with salt & sugar mixing them together till the sugar has dissolved completely. Now, comes the part of adding milk which we will pour gently but, the whisking should not stop. This will continue till the mixture is foamy.
Now, is the time to whisk the cream till it reaches a smooth consistency. Refrigerate the whisked ingredients and then make the tea without adding milk. Once you are happy with the consistency and the texture add the whipped ingredients into the liquid and give it a good shake. I serve it with sandwiches, toasts, scones, etc depending on the brew. This tea can be enjoyed as a hot and cold version. Looking for more options? Read my blog about accompaniments with cheese tea and I am sure my 53 items will make you drool.
3. Why Not Have Best Of Both Brews With Granulated Tea That’s Been Loaded With Chocolate
Chocolate and tea are indeed a pair that’s made in Heavens and a drink for the Gods. Now, what happens when the two are fused as one? Magic and some unputdownable cups that I see unfold every evening at my cafe.
Making one involves a very simple formula. To make the chocolate tea I prefer black tea leaves as it has a more robust flavor that I will be mixing with milk & my melted chocolate. Now, melting chocolate takes time and though I prefer using fresh ingredients, rush hours make it difficult. When this is the case, I have to rely on ready-made syrups as they blend well with milk.
Coming to how to make the tea take about 1 teaspoon of black or any strong tea lea granules and add it to filtered water. Once the water starts boiling and you see the liquid change color add the milk. Let it steep for 1-4 minutes and then add the melted chocolate or chocolate syrup. Be cautious not to incorporate too much of the sauce for we do not want the tea to lose its flavor. I suggest skipping sugar as chocolate will add the required sweetness to the tea, Strain, and serve.
4. Making Milk Tea With Granules Using Ceylon Tea
Ceylon tea is tea grown in Sri Lanka and is sourced from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant like any true tea. Now, if you want to know more about the tea or what sets it apart, read my blog about 23 comparable attributes between Darjeeling tea v/s Ceylon tea.
I have tea vendors coming to my shop almost every day with newly launched tea varieties and am given a sample too. Now, I once had the opportunity to try Ceylon tea and was pleased to know that the tea goes pretty well with milk and sugar. I would surely recommend the blend when Indian spiced tea is what you seek.
Making the tea is quite simple too and there is no special technique that needs to be followed. Just make the tea as your preferred way and add the granules to hot water. When the liquid starts changing color, add milk. Just strain and serve. I would skip sugar for the tea is known for its floral and sweet notes. You can add sugar though if you feel like it.
5. How To Make Assam Tea With Granules
Assam tea is known as breakfast tea as it has a mild yet sweet taste, unlike black tea. I love the tea for the floral and sweet notes it offers. Let us see how to brew a cup with the granules.
Did you know that Assam tea makes for great iced tea? Well, it is not surprising for the tea has sweet, floral notes and is best when had without milk or sugar. These attributes make it a befitting choice to be used in iced tea.
Talking about making Assam tea with granules, I would use an infuser for the job. Infusers allow me the liberty to be placed directly in hot liquid and trap the leaves or grains of the tea from pouring into the tea. The end result is a smooth and grain-free tea that is so pleasing to drink. Now, though I have suggested using infusers. However, if you don’t have one what will you do? Read my blog about How to strain tea without an infuser and find out 23 unconventional methods.
6. Why Nilgiri Tea Granules Is The Right Choice To Be Used With Milk?
Nilgiri tea is grown in the Southern part of the Indian sub-continent and is called the yet-to-be-discovered gem of India. Now, there is a unique quality that sets the tea apart and is an ideal choice for making tea.
Nilgiri tea never curdles nor turns bitter and its sweet notes makes it an ideal one to be used in either fruit or iced teas. Moreover, the tea has a bold and fruity texture with a hint of floral aroma that when brewed gives a bright amber hue.
I managed to get hold of the tea granule and use this on special demand ie when customers at my cafe want their tea to be naturally sweet. In this case, Nilgiri tea is a boon. I prefer using a steel saucepan to make my tea as this heats the water uniformly. Now, the water and the granules are directly dependent on the quantity that’s to be made and since this tea is taken out when I have to cater to special needs, I suggest not more than 2 teaspoons of the leveled granules to the hot water. Then once the liquid starts changing color add the milk & allowing it to brew for 2 to 4 minutes. Strain and serve.
7. Darjeeling Tea Granules & Milk Make A Delighful Brew
Darjeeling tea is the 2nd most loved tea in India and is called “The Champagne of Teas”, for having a similar taste profile to Muscat Wine. This is one tea that is quite speculated in terms of whether it is green or black. Now, I have written a blog on Is Darjeeling tea black or green where I will let my 27 facts do the talking. Do give it a read and I hope it will be beneficial for you.
Darjeeling tea granules are amongst the most used tea in my shop and I love a cup made from its leaves. The tea is made in two ways at my shop but, no matter the methods, the taste is worth the wait.
I add one teaspoon of leveled Darjeeling tea to a warm teapot and let the water boil for some time. Then I add 2 teaspoons of leveled granules to the hot liquid and wait till the liquid has reached the consistency or color I desire. Now, I add my milk and let it simmer for 2 to 4 minutes. I also recommend serving the tea hot and cleaning your teapot at regular intervals. Now, if you are a stickler for cleanliness or want to get the cleaning on your teapot done right, read my blog about how often should you clean your teapot and my 9 fabulous ways will help you further(Interlinking to be done).
8. GunPowder Tea Deserves A Shoutout & A Place In The List
As a tea enthusiast and a cafe owner, trying out new varieties of tea is my forte and I was fascinated by Gunpowder tea. Well, the tea is called by this name as each leaf is individually rolled into pellets or bullets. This is a variety of green tea blend that is amazing when used for cold brews. It is also called “Pearl Tea”.
I am sharing my recipe with you that is followed in my cafe. Now, I always prefer making tea right on spot, and in my opinion, nothing is more invigorating than the smell of tea brewing. Many believe that making this variety of tea is a challenge when in fact, it is just the opposite. Water, tea leaves, utensils like a teapot or kettle, milk, a tea strainer, and a sweetener(optional) are all the things one needs.
Boil the water using a kettle, teapot, or any utensil of your choice. However, I recommend using a teapot for a better infusion. Warm the teapot and then add hot water. Swirl the liquid around a little, add the gunpowder tea and again add some hot water. Cover the teapot and allow approximately 3 minutes of steep time. Strain the tea once you are happy with the consistency. Pour into cups and then add milk. Stevia, Sugar-Free, Honey, etc are some amazing sugar substitutes that go well with the tea.
9. Ever Thought Pu-erh Tea Could Be Had With Milk?
Pu-erh or Pu’er is a unique kind of fermented tea that is largely made in the Yunnan region of China and its sweet floral notes along with other reasons like a good system cleanser, rich in anti-oxidants, etc have aided in winning the hearts of tea drinkers globally. Let us see how the tea can be made with milk.
3(three)cups of milk, 2 to 2.5 ounces of dried orange peels, 1 cinnamon stick, a few star anise, 2 tablespoons cloves, 1 teaspoon of the leaves, and a sweetening agent. Brown sugar is highly recommended. Now, we will combine the milk along with the mentioned ingredients without the tea leaves in a saucepan and let it boil on medium heat. Now add the tea and reduce the heat making sure you let it steep for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes take off the heat and pour into teacups. Stir in the brown sugar. Whenever tea is made using spices, it is important that maximum time be given to the spices so that they blend well with the hot liquid and lend their characteristics to the tea. Thus, I recommend medium heat. Now, after the tea leaves have been added, reducing the heat ensures you are allowing more time for the liquid to absorb all the goodness and make it a super-charged drink.
The Method of Brewing Tea With Granules Explained By Some Amazing Options Without Milk Or Dairy- Products
As a tea-lover, if you are lactose intolerant or simply want to give up on milk but, enjoy tea this is where your search should end. I am sharing some amazing varieties that taste great without milk(dairy or plant-based).
10. White Tea Rules The List & Is One Promising Option
White tea is a rare tea and is plucked when the leaves are still covered in white hairs, hence the name. The tea has a woody and sweet note that resembles honey. Want to know more about white tea? Read my blog white tea v/s black tea and find out about their 23 contrasting factors.
The making process is very simple. Boil the water depending on the cups that need to be made and once the liquid has reached its boiling point take it off the heat. Allow it 5 to 8 minutes of cooling time and in the meantime, combine water with 2 teaspoons of the tea leaves in a kettle, saucer, teapot, or any utensil that you prefer to make tea. I would ideally allow the liquid to steep for 7 to 10 minutes or till am happy with the color. Now, I would strain the liquid, pour in cups, and add some hot water. My drink is ready. I would add a few drops of lime to balance the tea’s, natural sweetness.
11. How To Brew Oolong Tea With Granules Minus Milk
The next tea that I would like to talk about is the brewing method of Oolong tea. This is a variety of tea that is often compared with black or green tea when in reality it should be regarded as a complete tea on its own. Oolong is known for its varied flavor profile that can range from a light-bodied to a full-bodied tea with sweet, floral & earthy notes. Let us see how to make the tea.
The first and a very crucial step is water. Always use normal filtered water to brew tea for a smooth and even tasting tea. Till the time the water is boiling, we will warm our teacup(s). Now, pour 2 teaspoons of the leaves into the cup and add hot water. Let it steep for approximately 2-5 seconds and strain the water used for steeping. In a teapot add water(depending on the cups to be made), cover the pot, and let it steep for 1 minute. Strain & serve.
This is a method I use all the time to make the tea at my shop and the customers love their brewed this way. Do try it and share your experience with me in the comments section below.
12. When Talking About Making Tea Without Milk, How Can Black Tea Be Missed?
Black tea is by far the most popular non-milk tea variety and needs no introduction. So, without saying anything further let us straight away get to the making process of black tea with granules.
Being a milk tea person, I occasionally drink black tea but, the times I do is a delightful experience. Not only is this the most simple to make but when time is a constraint, this is my preferred option. I am sharing my recipe with you and which is how the tea is made in my cafe too. Add water into a saucepan and then level out a teaspoon of the granules that will be added to the water. The water and the leaves will depend on the number of cups that are being made.
Now, I wait for the water to change its color. We are looking for a reddish hue on the liquid. Black tea on the whole is high on the astringency level and steeping the leaves longer than the required time will result in a bitter tea. Thus, it is advised to steep the tea for 1- 3 minutes or till the water has changed its color. I then take it off the heat, strain it, and add a few drops of lemon to cut down the bitterness. You can add honey for some sweetness in your tea.
Making Iced Tea With Granules Is A Great Way To Stay Hydrated During The Summers
Come summers and the demand for aerated drinks is on the rise. These drinks only add to the calories and give you a few minutes of relief from the heat. Let this summer be an excuse to ditch the unhealthy colas and switch to hydrating iced teas. I am sharing a few flavors that are not only simple to make but, will help you stay hydrated. Let us check them out below.
13. Travel Down Nostalgia Lane By Brewing Sun Tea With Granules
Sun tea is homemade tea that requires a warm place like a kitchen counter or the sun. Let us though make this variety of iced tea the traditional way.
Make the tea and then let it steep under the sun instead of pre-boiling the water to make the tea. A glass jar with a lid is recommended as this will spread the rays evenly and the lid will stop any impurities from coming in contact with the tea. Now, the tea leaves and water will depend on the quantity. Also, many recipes are available that will tell you to prepare tea using tea bags. Using the bags will ruin the taste of the tea and at the same time make the drink flat or dull.
I would let the sun warm my tea and bring it inside only after the sun goes down. This is when I would then put it in the fridge, to let it cool overnight. I would take it out just before required. At times you may notice that the tea is cloudy or simply not smooth as is often the case when ice cubes are added hoping this will cool it faster. If this is the case, simply add hot water and give it a good stir. Sun tea is ready.
14. Brew Some Lemon Tea With Granules & Be Summer Ready
Lemon iced tea is a popular drink that tea lovers enjoy drinking and making during the sultry summer months. Needless, to say this is a common coolant found in households across the globe and can be made in no time. Let us see the recipe below.
I have always advocated on making fresh tea as granulated tea calls for a rich, smooth, and amazing drink. I would use black tea granules. Make the tea a day before by adding the granules to water and placing it on heat till the liquid becomes reddish in color. Then take it off the heat and once it has reached room temperature, I would transfer it in a refrigerator-safe container and let it steep for 8 hours to overnight.
I usually add lemon drops right before consumption as there is a high chance of the tea becoming bitter. However, if you wish to add lemon drops beforehand, make sure you do this while the liquid is still hot. Now, if you get a bitter-tasting drink, don’t fret, just add a pinch of baking soda and shake it well. There wasn’t that easy to make?
Want To Learn How To Make Tea Lattes With Granules?
This is my last section in the blog and as a habit, I prefer to save the best for the last. So, let us end the blog with tea lattes. Tea lattes are a modern take on cafe lattes or coffee lattes and used tea instead of espresso. What is more amazing is that they can be enjoyed as a hot or a cold version and you can use plant-based milk too.
15. How To Brew Salted Caramel Rose Tea Lattes With Granules
Salted Caramel Rose tea latte is made from Earl-Grey tea which is then topped with milk foam and caramel syrup. Want to know more about Earl-Grey tea? Read my blog is Earl-Grey tisane where my 13 gripping points will help you get the answers. Let us now see how to make this amazing latte.
I recommend a teapot or any utensil that can be securely covered. This will keep the flavor and the aroma of the rose petals intact. Once you have the utensil ready, add 2 tablespoons of Earl-grey granules and a spoonful of crushed rosebuds. I recommend using the back of a spoon to crush the buds. Now, you need to add 1 cup of boiling water to the utensil and place the lid securely leaving no room for the aroma to evaporate. Let it sit for 10 minutes approximately in the case of a hot brew. If you are making a cold brew, I reckon 20 minutes of steep time.
Once, I am happy with the way the tea has turned out, I will then add my milk foam or cheese tea on the top and sprinkle it with caramel syrup.
16. Vanilla Tea Latte Ought To Be on Your List As A Decadent Summer Drink
Vanilla tea has slightly sweet and goes well with milk or sweeteners. The tea can be mixed with other tea blends or had otherwise too. Let us see how to make the tea.
I recommend a robust tea like black tea granules. Combine the granules with water and bring the liquid to a boil. Now, once it has become reddish or golden brown in color, take it off the heat and let it cool down. Then transfer the tea into a jar or utensil and let it steep for some time in the refrigerator.
Add cold milk right before consumption and give it a good shake. Garnish it with some cream or you can sprinkle brown sugar too.
17. Cool Your System And Rejuvenate Thy Mind With Chamomile Tea
The last option that I would like to talk about is chamomile tea. The tea is a variety that is often confused with any other tea. However, like Oolong, it too is a different category of tea altogether. The tea has a sweet, spicy taste with a floral aroma. Let us see how we can make a latte.
Combine boiled milk with chamomile tea with spices like cloves and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Let it simmer for approx. 5 minutes. You can add any dairy or non-dairy milk. If you are using coconut milk, never boil the milk. Coconut is rich in oil which on boiling will separate and curdle. Hence, it is advisable to heat the milk.
Now, strain the liquid and your tea is ready for consumption. Chamomile cold latte tastes divine & I highly suggest it.
This concludes my blog on how to make tea with granules and I hope you will want to try out the varieties mentioned. Do share your experience with me. Also, drop your questions in the comments box below if you think you need to ask me something. I will be happy to answer them for you. Now, I keep posting new and tantalizing topics about tea, and to read them you just need to head to my website to get your tea fix.
Hi. I’m Sneha. Each day, I brew, relish, study and sell tea in my Cafe based out of Kolkata, India. My current blog, ‘Sipper Sneha’ is an expansion of my real life love for tea into an online space for all dedicated Tea enthusiasts.