July 20, 2020
The argument of how to make the perfect cup of tea has been a source of conflict for many years, passed down to us by generation to generation, we all know the 'correct' way to make the perfect cuppa. We were taught to heat the pot first, reboil the water again (although don't do this - see below!) and add one teaspoon per a person and one for the pot. Milk always went in at the end to the individuals' personal preference. As we grew older and started working in shops and offices our very first job was always to learn how everyone liked their tea and what a shock it was when we learnt everyone's different preferences. The biggest argument is always when to add the milk and how much!
On looking into this debate the following is considered to be the correct way :
1 Fill the kettle with fresh water from the tap. Water that has been boiled already will affect the taste of the tea.
2 As it approaches the boil, warm the teapot by rinsing it out with hot water.
3 Treat the teapot to one rounded teaspoon of tea leaves for each person and one extra spoonful 'for the pot'. That’s the orthodox rule, though many these days find it a little strong. You’re in charge here.
4 Leave to infuse for three to five minutes, depending on taste. Serve, using a tea strainer.
5 If making tea in a cup with a tea infuser, the same rule applies – one spoon of tea, use water just off the boil and infuse for 3-5 minutes.
After taking all this into consideration we have yet another debate to consider. To put the milk in first or last! A recent YouGov survey said that 79% of people put the milk in last. It's really up to the drinker on this one but our preference is last.
& one very last point, always serve in your best bone china with a slice of your favourite cake!