As the tea lovers here no doubt know, green tea is typically brewed at some temperature less than boiling. Typically, the figure I hear is 180 F.
So last night I decide to make some green tea. I put water in the electric kettle, let it boil, then pour it into my mug and check the temperature with a digital kitchen thermometer. (Yeah, I’m a bit anal that way.) Much to my surprise, the temperature reads nothing near 212 F; instead, it was just a bit over 180 F and quickly falling.
I wanted my tea, so I didn’t waste too much time trying to figure this out.
Is it reasonable that the temperature would drop so, just pouring the water into a basic ceramic mug? For the mathematically inclined, I had approximately 12 oz. water; the mug weighs 17 oz. I would guess that the mug’s temperature was something like 65 degrees.
Years ago I’d have done this myself, but all the science has leaked out of my head; the space it took up is being filled with law. Thanks all!