Tea is one of the most commonly enjoyed beverages in Britain. In fact, more than three quarters of people in Britain drink a cup of tea every day! With its popularity come many debates on the proper technique to use when making a perfect cup of tea. After much research, we think we’ve nailed it.
- Make sure you are using a porcelain or ceramic pot and not pouring your water over a bag in a mug! Using a teapot allows flavours to travel around the pot, dispersing evenly.
- There should be at least 2 g of tea for every 100 ml of water.
- A mug or a porcelain teacup is preferred! NEVER use a paper cup.
1. BOIL WATER & POUR OVER LEAVES
Use 2 g of tea for every 100 ml of water! Make sure the water is boiling before you pour over leaves in a warmed ceramic pot.
2. STEEP TIME
Many Brits are guilty of not allowing the leaves to infuse long enough. The British Standards Institution advises that loose tea should be left in the pot to infuse for 6 minutes to extract maximum flavours.
3. ADD MILK
Milk should always be added into your teacup prior to pouring in the tea. Add 2.5 ml of milk into the cup and then pour your tea-infused water from the pot to the mug.
Water must not exceed 85 C when served, at the absolute highest. Ideal sipping temperature is from 60 – 65 C!
5. PAIR IT
Once your tea has been steeped, poured and cooled, it’s time to pair it with a delicious treat. Sip it along with biscuits, scones, sandwiches or teacakes!
1The Telegraph. (n.d). Most Britons do not know how to make a cup of tea, say scientists. Retrieved 15 December 2015 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11475732/Most-Britons-do-no-know-how-to-make-a-cup-of-tea-say-scientists.html
2Woollaston, V. (16 February 2015). How to make the perfect cuppa: put the milk in first, let the water brew for six minutes and drink from a porcelain cup. Retrieved 15 December 2015 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2952610/How-make-perfect-cuppa-milk-cup-let-water-brew-six-minutes-drink-porcelain-cup.html