Confessions of a Tea Lover: Taking the Plunge

While there is nothing in the world that is better than a fresh, hot pot of tea, it’s not always possible or convenient for us “busy-type” people to be warming pots, turning it three times anticlockwise and once clockwise, waiting, straining, emptying, fishing tea leaves out of the spout, rinsing the strainer, washing and so on.

While sharing an actual pot of tea with my friend Sam this morning, (owner of Lily Loves Pearl Organic Skincare), I was laughing to her about how I invited some parents and their kids over yesterday for a play date and actually ran out of black tea (when I own a tea business), and confessing how rare it is that I actually have the time to sit down with a real pot of tea. Sam naturally went on to ask how I normally make my tea and I replied “in a 2-cup plunger”… of course.

Now the look on Sam’s face was best described as surprise. Not that I don’t have time to make pots of tea every day (she understands as she has 2 young children and a thriving business), but more that you could brew tea in a plunger. She quickly followed this revelation with “you need to share that!” So here it is.

Yes, you can use a plunger to brew a great cup of tea and it can absolutely be more convenient if you are working in an office or have little kids bossing you around from 7am until 7pm and so on. The technique that works for me is as follows:

1. Boil your fresh, clean water. Fill the plunger with the required amount of water first and let it sit for 30 seconds or so.

2. Just like a tea pot, you need one teaspoon of tea for each cup and then one for the pot.

3. Add the required amount of tea to the slightly cooled water.

4. Allow to stand for 2-3 minutes or so.

5. Push the plunger down gently but make sure you don’t push it all the way down to the bottom. Leave a little gap above the tea leaves so you are not crushing them in any way.

6. Pour, add your milk, honey or sugar as desired.

Once you have finished, you can just empty the plunger into the bin, rinse and you’re ready to go again. It’s easy and painless and will stay hot for quite a while in a plunger so no more cups of cold tea. Make sure, however, that you make yourself a pot of tea on weekends for a treat. It helps to slow time a little and lets your mind and body know that it’s time to exhale.