How to make the perfect cuppa…
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.