Some background: I switched from coffee (and Coca Cola) to tea almost 20 years ago. Started with loose leaf cheap black teas, then Darjeelings, then Pu-erh and Lapsong Souchong, and ended up falling in love with Chinese green teas, like Lungching and many others.
But what I always hated was the morning prep. Put water in kettle, heat to boiling, briefly cool, pour over tea in pot, steep, wait to cool to drinkable temperature. I felt like my morning was half gone before I could drink my tea.
Then, a couple summers ago, I bought a 2 1/4 quart Rubbermaid pitcher with a strainer top and started making sun tea. Suddenly I had tea ready to drink first thing in the morning.
When the sun went away, and even a whole day of steeping outside led to a thin greenish liquid, I was faced with a real problem – how could I make tea without going through the half hour morning ritual? In desperation, one day I put the leaves in the bottom of the Rubbermaid pitcher, got my tap water as hot as I could, and then filled the pitcher with hot water. Lo and behold in a couple of hours, I had tea just as good as the sun tea. Since then, even in the winter, I can make good tea which will be ready to drink the next AM. It is also helpful while traveling – no need to find boiling water or someplace that actually serves decent tea.
Does anyone else do this or am I just weird?