“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady
Is there a perfect way to drink tea?
The golden rules of the perfect cup
- Always use freshly drawn cold water in your kettle. Tea loves oxygen as it helps the flavor to develop.
- Make sure that your teapot is clean.
- Warm the pot by swirling a small amount of boiled water in it. Drain.
- For loose tea, it is recommended to add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of loose tea per person and one teaspoon for the pot. Add the boiled water and let brew. The larger the leaf, the longer the brewing time. Earl Grey and Lady Grey need 5 minutes, while a smaller leaf tea will only need 4 minutes.
- For tea bags, it is suggested to have 1 bag per person plus 1 for the pot. Steep for 3-4 minutes depending on the desired strength, after which the tea bags should be removed. A tea cozy can be placed on top to keep the tea warm.
- If you take sugar in your tea, it should be placed into the cup first.
- To drink Earl Grey in the traditional way, place a thin slice of lemon into the cup first. You can place sugar and lemon together in the cup.
- Milk-in-first vs milk-in-second: Historically, the milk-in-first rule was to protect the fine bone china of the teacup. Milk-in-second enthusiasts feel that they can better control the amount of milk needed to create the desired weakness or strength of the brew.
- Tea absorbs moisture and kitchen smells so keep your tea fresh by keeping it in an airtight tin or jar.