How to brew a perfect cup of tea with loose tea, by Tea Taster Dominic Marriot
How to Brew Tea With a Teapot
Brewing tea properly is an art form. Many cultures around the world have their own traditional methods of brewing tea, but this is the bog standard version, for new comers to the wonder that is good tea.
Boil enough water for the pot, to fill it to just below where the lid will sit.
While the water is coming to the boil, put a cup full of hot water in the pot and swill it around, before tipping it out.This warms the pot, and helps the tea brew faster.
Add the tea to the pot.The old rule used to be of one for the pot, and one for each person. If using tea leaves, measuring out the leaves with a teaspoon. Otherwise use a tea bag for each person. Nowadays we drink tea somewhat weaker. Experiment, and discover your own preference.
Add the boiling water - Always use freshly boiling water for a superior brew.Using re-boiled water gives a peculiarly lifeless taste to the brew.
Allow the pot to stand for between one and six minutes to brew, depending on taste.
Pour it in.Add milk and sugar to taste. If using leaves, remember to put a strainer over the cups - tea leaves taste foul!
Put a tea-cosy over the pot between cups, to keep the tea warm.Don't let it stand around for too long or the tea will end up tasting very strong. Hardened tea drinkers like this strong bitter taste which comes from the tannins released - but most tea drinkers prefer the subtlety of the fresh brew.
QuestionHow many bags should I use for six cups of tea?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you are making them in one teapot, two should be good, three at the most.Thanks!
QuestionIt is purportedly correct practice to also, if drinking with milk, pour milk in tea cup prior to pouring the tea.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFor some this is a preference, for others it is not. Calling a preference "correct" or not is taking it too far -- ask people before making an assumption about the milk placement. Or, pour milk into milk jugs and keep the tea in the teapot and let people make their own choices by pouring their own milk and tea.Thanks!
QuestionCan you use vintage teapots?FireEmblem27Community AnswerYes, but wash them very well and be careful. You do not want the teapot to rust, or even worse, have the rust get in your wonderful tea!Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the term for swishing the cup of water around and then dumping it out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat's "warming the pot." It sort of activates the tea leaves (they'll warm a bit when placed in the warmed pot), plus helps the teapot hold heat a bit longer.Thanks!
QuestionCan I boil water in a kettle, pour it into a teapot, and add the teabags into the teapot?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. This would work just as well as any other method.Thanks!
QuestionWhen using after steeping, is there a special way to remove the teabags?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you are using tea bags with strings attached, hang the strings over the side of the pot and then use that to remove the tea bags after steeping. If no strings are attached, use kitchen tongs to remove the bags after steeping is complete.Thanks!
QuestionWhere is the appropriate place to put the teabag once the tea is ready to drink?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can just throw the teabag away.Thanks!
- Use good quality tea for a better flavor.
- Try different varieties of tea, and see what you like.
Things You'll Need
A teapot. There are thousands out there, as long as you know where to look. You can get standard ones at super markets, or high street kitchenware shops, but you can also find lovely ones made from different materials at craft fairs, charity shops, pottery studios etc. My own is a red, vintage one that I got from a second hand shop.
A tea-strainer, which can be bought from most larger super markets.
Tea cups, same as the teapot. Sets can be bought with matching pot and cups, often with a milk jug, sugar pot, saucers and side plates, but these can be pricey. Porcelain china is supposed to give the best tea drinking experience. Always add the milk first to avoid "shocking" the china. Alternatively, place a very thin slice of lemon on the bottom of the cup.
Tea cosy. These crop up around vintage fairs, as well as high street shops, or if you feel like crafting, you can try making your own, either by sewing or knitting.
Tea leaves or bags. Your normal food shop will stock plain tea (English breakfast), but others can be found in health food shops.
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