Elsie & Fleur

If you’re feeling frazzled with the build up to the BIG day and the anticipation of it all then why not have a cuppa and stare out of the window for a bit. Here’s a guide to making the best cuppa on the planet:

•    Use freshly drawn water, freshly boiled.

•    Use the correct-sized teapot. To heat, pour some of the water, just before boiling, into the pot. Swirl and empty away.
•    Use orthodox, good-quality leaf tea not bags.
•    Use one spoonful per person and one for the pot.
•    Fill the pot and stir gently for a few moments. Infuse for five minutes. Use a timer to get this right.
•    Put room-temperature whole milk into the cup first. Use about one and a half tablespoonfuls.
•    To ensure that the leaves do not get into the cup, pour tea through a mesh strainer. Fill the cup to 1cm from the rim.
•    After the first pouring, add extra hot water to the teapot, so as to continue drawing further flavour and strength from the leaves.
•    Always discard cold tea at the bottom of the cup before a second pouring.
•    Even if the tea has been brewing for 10 minutes, orthodox leaf tea will not become too strong or bitter.
•    Use a tea cosy.

With thanks to the Tea Council for these tips.

 

Written by Sarah Johnstone — December 02, 2014

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