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About a common question to all tea drinker, how do you brew your tea? There are two different ways to do, Eastern and Western steeping methods. The third answer is that some make generalization of the two methods but the two styles have some basic distinctions.
Western Steeping Method
In this method, tea is steeped in a large vessel once or twice and for long time.
Eastern Steeping Method
In this process, the tea is repeatedly steeped using small amounts of water for short time. This steeping is usually done in a small mixing pot or 'gaiwan' which holds less than a cup of water. In Eastern steeping more tea leaves are used than Western steeping. Gongfu style tea has its base in this steeping process.
How to store tea leaves after one steeping?
Well, the fact is if after steeping the leaves once, many hours pass, then you cannot store them properly without diminishing their quality.
Thus, if you feel that you will not be able to use the leaves to the fullest in one day, it is better to throw them in cold water and then put that water in the refrigerator for the whole night. In the next morning, pour that cold water in a cup and enjoy a pleasant ice tea.
Another way is to buy a finum steeping basket that fits perfectly in a coffee mug. Then put 3 to 5 grams of ball-style oolong in it and brew it for 1 or 2 minutes. After that put those leaves aside and drink the liquor. You can keep steeping those leaves for multiple times.
If you have some other brewing ways please let me know. Best-tea.com welcome your sharing.