5 rules for making the perfect cup of tea
In theory, making a cup of tea sounds like a piece of cake. However, when it comes down to it, it’s not that straightforward. Do it right and you’ll get a flavourful cup of tea but do it wrong and you’ll end up with a bitter broth. To help you enjoy that perfect cuppa, we’ve listed 5 golden rules to follow for the ideal brew.
1. Start with good quality tea.
You might spend a little more money but, believe us, it’s worth it. Once you’ve bought the tea, store it in an airtight container at room temperature to prevent loss of flavour.
2. Use fresh water.
Tea needs oxygen to help bring out its flavour. So always use fresh water and definitely don’t re-boil water that’s been left in the kettle. When you re-boil water, it loses its oxygen and you’re left with a bland cup of tea that can have a metallic taste.
3. Heat the water to the correct temperature.
Pouring boiling water over your tea bag or loose tea could burn the tea, which prevents it from releasing its delicious flavours and gives it a bitter taste. In general, the rule is to use water of around 96°C to 100°C for black tea and about 75°C to 85°C for green tea.
4. Measure the quantity of tea carefully.
A good rule of thumb is 1 teabag or 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person and one for the pot. If you add too much tea in a limited quantity of water, you’ll end up spoiling the taste. Compare it to adding too much sugar or salt to a dish.
5. Let the tea brew for the recommended time.
Each kind of tea has its own ideal steeping time so look for steeping instructions on the packet and be careful not to leave your tea steep for too long in the teapot. This way you’ll extract the best flavour and the tea won’t taste bitter.
Once you’ve brewed a delicious tea, all that’s left to do is enjoy your cuppa while it’s warm!