How to Make Chaparral Tea

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Chaparral tea is a great way to put a new spin on an old classic. Make chaparral tea with help from a coffee shop owner in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Joey Papa. I'm a coffee consultant, and today we're going to talk about how to make chaparral tea. Now chaparral is an herb that's typically used to treat some medical conditions that are typically related to inflammation and pain. Now before using any tea to treat a medical condition, you're going to want to consult with your physician. The easiest way to find this tea is to to go to a health food store and to look under their herbal tea section, especially the ones that are used for medicinal purposes. Once you find it and locate it, then you're ready to start making this tea. First what you're going to want to do is take your tea kettle and fill it up with some cold water. You're going to want to fill up the tea kettle and put it on your stove. Once you have it on your stove, you can then put it on high. Give it some time, allowing it to heat up, and once it comes to a complete boiling point, you can then remove it from the heat, and you're ready to pour it over your tea bag. Next we're going to take our tea bag, we're going to open it up, pull it out of that bag there, and we're going to place it into our 8 oz serving cup. Now you could use a serving cup up to 12 oz, but nothing more than that. We're then going to take our boiling water and pour it directly over the top of the tea bag, fully submersing it into the hot water. Once you've got that done, you're going to take your tea bag and you're going to bob it up and down a few times, and what this does it allows the hot water to flow through the tea bag into the tea and allowing it to diffuse into the hot water. Now you want to leave yourself some room up here at the top, because this is boiling water, and you don't want to burn yourself, and if you're going to add any cream or sugar afterwards, you're going to want to leave yourself some room anyway. So we're just going to let that sit in there - also called steeping - for a few minutes. Remember to keep in mind that you need to leave that tea bag in the hot water for about two to four minutes, and the reason for this is, if you want to get all of the benefits of using this herb, you're going to want to make sure that it stays in the water and the hot water is able to extract all of the benefits from the tea. Again, my name is Joey Papa. I'm a coffee consultant, and today we learned how to make chaparral tea.

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