Everyone loves a good cup of tea. But not all tea is created equal. To make the best tea, follow these simple guidelines. Always use the best quality of both water and tea and you won’t be disappointed!
Here’s what you’ll need
- Kettle or pot to boil water
- Ceramic or cast iron teapot
- Loose tea leaves or quality bagged tea
- Tea infuser or tea ball (optional)
Instructions for making tea
- Fill a kettle with fresh, cold water and bring the water to a boil.
- Before you make tea, warm the teapot by filling and emptying it with boiling water.
- Measure one teaspoon of loose tea per cup of water and place in the teapot. If using a tea ball, fill it with leaves and place it in the teapot.
- Pour boiling water into the teapot.
- Let the tea steep for at least three minutes, a little longer if you prefer a stronger tea.
- Serve tea by pouring through a strainer (if using loose leaf tea). Tea can be sweetened with sugar or consumed unsweetened. A little milk can also be added if desired.
Tips for a better cup of tea
To make a good cup of tea, use the best quality water available. Spring water is better than tap water.
Ensure that utensils (teapot, cups, kettle) are clean and do not smell of coffee or any other substance.
Keep tea stored at room temperature in dry, airtight containers.
Use a wooden spoon to measure loose tea leaves.
Brew tea leaves loose. This allows them to better release their flavours.
When brewing black tea, take particular care to use water that is freshly boiled, i.e. the water should be as close to the boiling point as possible at the moment of impact with the leaves.
Make sure to not over brew your tea as this will make it bitter. The ideal brewing time is from 3 to 5 minutes.
Never stir tea in the teapot.
If you like milk with your tea, pour it into your cup first. Then add your tea.
When done, rinse and clean your teapot using water only.
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