How to Make Palo Azul Tea

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Palo azul tea requires just the right ingredients and the proper knowledge when it comes to putting them together. Make palo azul 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 palo azul tea. Palo azul simply translated from Spanish into English means "blue stick", and this tea comes from a flowering shrub in Mexico, and has been a tea in Mexico for centuries. But, currently, it has made its way into the modern world because of its medicinal uses and purposes. Before you use this tea to treat, or for any condition for that matter, make sure that you consult with your physician or your health care provider. Now, we're going to show you how to make this today. Let's get started. First, you're going to take your palo azul teabag and you're going to open it up and put it in your teacup. After that, you're going to take your tea kettle, and then you're going to place your tea kettle underneath your faucet. Fill it up with cold water, and then place that water on the stove. Once you have it on the stove, you're going to turn your stove on high, and give some time for the water to heat up until it comes to a complete boil. Next, we're going to take our teabag. We're going to open it up, pull it out of that bag, there. We're going to place it into our eight ounce serving cup. Now, you could use a serving cup up to twelve ounces, but nothing more than that. We're then going to take our boiling water and pour it directly over top of the teabag, fully submersing it into the hot water. Once you've got that done, you're going to take your teabag. You're going to bob it up and down a few times, and what this does is it allows the hot water to flow through the teabag 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. After leaving the palo azul teabag in the hot water for about two to four minutes, you're then going to want to remove it from your teacup, by using a spoon, placing some pressure on the teabag to get rid of any excess liquid that's left in there, and then discarding of that teabag. Now, this tea, typically, is very subtle and floral, so it already has sort of a sweetness to it, but if you want to bring that sweetness out, you can add some sugar or honey to it, as well. Again, my name is Joey Papa. I'm a coffee consultant, and today we learned about how to make palo azul tea. Enjoy.

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