But seriously, those of us who love tea know. There is an art to making tea. It’s about the small things. If you get them right, you will make a great cup of tea. If you don’t…well if you’re lucky, someone else will make the tea. If you’re not lucky, then you probably don’t like the tea you make very much. Stop reading and go out and buy yourself a cup of coffee.
Secrets to a good cup of tea:
Fact: The water needs to be hot in order for tea to brew properly. This is a fact that is Very True. So if you are making tea with a teabag in a mug (acceptable, but not up to best international standard practice) then you need to heat the mug. However, if the tea is brewing in a pot (which I differ with my husband about – I love it, and he doesn’t. He has low standards.), then it is not necessary to heat the teacup or mug. The tea brews elsewhere, so feel free to pour the milk in first.
2. Timing of brewingThis is also important. Too short, and you succeed in making the cat pee described in the opening sentence. Too long, and the hair on your morning teeth stands on end. Or, as my best tea-maker in the world, aka my husband says, “It’s like soup. And it’s cold. What were you doing? Playing on your phone?” Clearly, I do not excel at making tea. It’s an art form, how badly I can do it.
4. The trayAs I pointed out before, it’s the little things, people. I love a tea tray. I blame my grandmother. She had a servant who, at promptly 6 am every morning, would tinkle down the passage with a tray. From a very young age, whenever I stayed overnight, I qualified for my own tray, with my own tea in my own room. I don’t think I ever recovered. And I don’t want to. The little milk jug, the teaspoon, the sugar basin. And of course, the tea cosy. Brought to you at 6 am. Is heaven better? Wonderful inventions. Every loving home should have them.
|My tea tray on a Saturday morning.
5. The accompaniments
|Perfect Tea Sides
Cucumber sandwiches, anyone?
How do you take your tea? How strongly do you feel about that perfect cup? Let me know in the comments below.