Saturday, July 14, 2007

Brewing Iced Coca Tea

(1)Brewing by ice

This brewing technique is a time - consuming process, but provides the most of coca tea benefits for blood pressure, stomach issues, stress and relaxation.
Place 7 tea bags of coca tea into the Bodum (16-ounce capacity)*
Fill up the Bodum with pieces of ice.
Wait for the ice to thaw naturally at room temperature over night
In the morning fill the Bodum up with cold water and let it sit for one hour.
Add Splenda or Stevia to taste**
This is a concentrated tea that can be poured over a glass full of ice and a twiste of lime or lemon

(2)Brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly

This brewing technique involves brewing the tea in hot water, then cooling it quickly by pouring the hot tea into a glass filled up with pieces of ice.
Particularly in the case of coca tea, you can enjoy the refreshing, grassy and astringent taste that Coca leaf is well-known for, because this hot brewing technique extracts different alkaloids that are not extracted by brewing with ice or cold water. This way is also suitable when you wish to enjoy the healthful benefits energizing alkaloids, such as when you would like to concentrate or have energy.
Place 10 tea bags of coca tea into the Bodum (16 oz.)
Pour 16oz of hot water.
Wait for 7-10 minutes. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
Pour hot tea from the Bodum into a plastic jar with ice.
Splenda or Stevia and...It is ready!

(3) Brewing by cool water

This brewing process is easy to do and creates tea which is easy to store and preserves well. You can enjoy the smooth taste of both Coca tea without any bitter notes because bitterness is not extracted in cold water.
Place 6-8 tea leaves into the Bodum
Pour 16oz of cool water into the tea pot and store in the refrigerator for 2 to 6 hours. Remove the coca tea bags.
In order to equalize the taste of the tea, shake the Bodum before pouring the tea into each glass.


*You can get the Bodum at Amazon
It is very useful for herbal teas
** Do not use Sugar, honey or any other artificial sweetener because they may take away the properties of the coca tea.
I want to thank Lyelee and her knowledge of Asian cuisine and for sharing her tea techniques. There are different ways to brew coca tea. Each extracts the taste and constituents in a unique way. You can choose and enjoy brewing each way, considering the purpose or what taste you like the best.

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