The correct way to make tea? Science weighs in on microwaving vs. kettle

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    Aug 04, 2020 6:12 PM GMT
    The answer appears to be kettle. I use an electric one for tea. But just for heating the water, then pouring it into an earthenware teapot for brewing. The nice thing about the electric is that I can set the temperature digitally to just below boiling, then it maintains that until I get to it.

    Another school of thought is that you shouldn’t boil the water, something to do about the oxygen in it. The digital electric kettle avoids that issue.

    And the electric is fairly quick, virtually as fast as microwave ovens. That really don’t heat water all that quickly.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/world/tea-boil-water-microwave-trnd-scn/index.html
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    Aug 04, 2020 6:44 PM GMT
    A tempest in a teapot.

    It makes no difference if the water in a heated cup heats at different temperatures at the top and bottom. If the tea is added to the already heated water in the cup, it will be essentially all the same temperature.

    Who would put the actual tea in the microwave ? ?
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    Aug 04, 2020 9:43 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    Who would put the actual tea in the microwave ? ?

    I’ve done that, when in a hurry. My regular Brit tea is Yorkshire Gold. In the States it’s sold in 2½-inch squares bags, without the stapled string and paper tag common with smaller US-style tea bags

    I throw the tea bag into my cup, add filtered water, mic it to just below boiling, let it steep, then scoop the bag out with a spoon. I don’t squeeze the bag, can add bitterness.

    I also brew loose tea, when I have more time. My teapot has an infuser insert, which takes the tea leaves. Over that I slowly pour the piping hot (but not boiling) water from the electric kettle.

    Alternately I put 2 Yorkshire tea bags in the pot, and add enough hot water from the kettle for 3 small teacups. I like a stout tea. Brew, scoop the bags out and serve.
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    Aug 05, 2020 3:40 AM GMT
    The thought of microwaving tea, is as bad as the thought of using teabags.

    I always use loose tea leaves, and make my tea in a tea pot. I relished on my first trip to America, that America's had no idea on how to make a descent cup of tea, let alone a pot of tea. They do coffee much better.