As the weather starts picking up a hot beverage becomes less appealing, so let's talk about a cooler way to brew tea. Hot water is the most common method people brew tea but definitely not the only or always the best. Combining cold water with an extended steep time can give you a fantastic brew. Black tea in particular is prone to astringency from over steeping, which makes it the perfect candidate for a cold brew. Cold water prevents the extraction of bitter tannins, while still giving the flavors a chance to fully develop. A fruity and complex black tea, like our Purple Grace, really gets to shine (but any tea can be brewed with this method). The result is a refreshing flavorful tea ready for summertime.