Elsie & Fleur

We’ve researched how the make the perfect cuppa and we thought we’d share the secrets with you so you can try it at home.

  • 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 their tips.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — October 16, 2015

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