How to brew the perfect cup of tea

25 February 2014

Step-by-step instructions on how to make the perfect cup of English tea by Henrietta Lovell, owner of Rare Tea Company and a devotee of Tregothnan’s teas.

When I first started buying tea, the plantation owners would laugh and show me the absolute dregs because the British had such a reputation for drinking appalling tea,’ says Henrietta Lovell. ‘Thank goodness that’s changed now. We Brits have reclaimed premium tea.’ But, says, Lovell, making a good cup takes time, and the best brew comes from using leaves.

1. Put one teaspoon of tea per person into a teapot.

2. Boil the water, let it cool to about 85°C and measure it out – one cup per person – before pouring it into your teapot.

3. Allow the tea to steep: 3–6 minutes for white tea, 2–3 minutes for green, anything from 1–4 minutes for black.

4. Strain and serve. If you strain the leaves completely, you’ll be able to use them at least two more times – your infusion will get better and better.  

5. Whether you add milk or not, and whether you do so before or after pouring your cuppa is down to personal choice. But please, add only to black tea.

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