How to brew and serve a ‘proper’ cup of tea
- Choose a ceramic tea pot as metal ones don’t hold the heat as well and can affect the taste.
- Run the tea pot under hot tap water before pouring in boiling water so it doesn’t hit cold ceramic and cool quickly.
- Fill your kettle with fresh cool water, preferably filtered and bring to the boil.
- Add the tea leaves to the empty teapot, allow one teaspoon of leaves per cup so if you have five guests add five teaspoons of leaves.
- Add the boiling water and let the tea brew for 3-6 minutes depending on how strong you like it.
- You should provide a choice of milk, from whole to skimmed, cream and lemon to allow your guests to finish their own cup of tea to their taste.
- Serve the tea but don’t forget to use a strainer to catch the loose leaves or you will be straining it through your own teeth!
- Keep the teapot warm with a cute tea cosy and brew another if required.