LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
I've been informed by my British expat friends that Americans don't know how to make a good cup of tea. Seeing as it's your national drink (since handling one's lager seems to be an unmastered skill in the isles), what's the proper method of brewing perfect tea?
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Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5678 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
It's not well known that, per capita, Irish people drink more tea than the Brits! The standard way is to use boiling water to heat the pot, then put your tea bags, or leaf tea if you're a purist, in, usually one bag or spoonful per person. Some people add an extra one if you like it slightly stronger. Pour boiling water in immediately and leave several minutes to infuse.
There's always an argument about whether to put milk in the cup before or after the tea, and this comes down to taste. There is a slight difference: putting the milk in first gives a slightly milkier taste.
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Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
"The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink. So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together, and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it. To the eternal glory of British science their labour bore fruit. They suggested that if you do not drink it clear, or with lemon or rum and sugar, but pour a few drops of cold milk into it, and no sugar at all, the desired object is achieved."
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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
The secret is in the quality of the tea and the quality of the water. You will first have to find a blend of tea that you like which also blends well with the water, and then decide whether to have loose-leaf tea or tea bags (and then if tea bags whether round tea bags or rectangular ones - experts say that the rectangular ones allow more room for the tea to brew).
To make a good cup of tea, it is best to use a teapot, using freshly boiled water (not reboiled as that can impair the flavour) and then
Fill kettle up with fresh water and switch on
Just before kettle reaches boiling point, pour a little of the water into the teapot to warm it up
Empty tea pot and use one teaspoon of tea per person plus one for the pot
Pour on freshly boiled water as soon as the kettle boils
Stir and leave pot to brew for 2-4 minutes depending on how you like the strength of your tea
Using tea strainer pour tea into mug or china cup and add milk, sugar or lemon as desired
Sit back and enjoy your cuppa!
If you use a delicate tea, like Earl Grey, best to use water that is just below boiling point.
Alternatively for a quick cup, use a good quality tea bag (such as Yorkshire Tea), put tea bag in mug, pour on boiling water, stir until desired strength is obtained, remove tea bag, if required add milk, sugar or lemon to taste, then sit back and enjoy.
[Edited 2007-03-20 15:10:38]
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Daleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
What i do... And I've had compliments of it being the best cup of tea they've tasted
1) Boil Kettle
2) Get suitable cup/mug and put in a teabag
3) Add sugar (yes, before the water)
4) Add boiling water about 3/5 of the way up the cup
5) Get a spoon, stir... then PRESS the teabag against the side of the cup with the spoon to squeeze out all the flavour
6) Stir again
7) Fish out teabag and press against the top of the cup
8) Add milk
[Edited 2007-03-20 15:33:07]
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CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2387 times:
I became a tea snob when I started working nights and coffee always upset my stomach and gave me the shits. So in order to survive working overnight without getting a KROC gut from soda I had to find alternate means of caffination: tea.
WRONG!! I expect better from someone who lives in the mother country.
Good tea does not come from a bag. Teabags are often made with pretty much the floor sweepinsg at the tea factory.
Go find yourself a tea strainer and a small teapot. Also go find yourself a good vendor of loose leaf teas. If you can't find a tea shop locally, this one has good stuff: http://www.adagio.com/ They have a pretty decent English breakfast tea. Their flavored black teas are good too. I am also a fan of Twinings Earl Grey, it is pretty widely availible online.
Tea should come in sealable tins, if it doesn't, get tins to store it in. Oxygen and moisture are the enemy of tea leaves. Also, plan on shelving loose leaf teas no more than about 6 months.
Good tea leaves will make good tea. Also, if your tap water isn't the greatest, use bottled. Bad water will make bad tea.
As for the actual making of the tea.. Put the leaves in the pot, 1 spoonful for each cup of tea you plan on making, plus 1 extra spoonful. If you want stronger tea, add more. Add boiling water, and I mean a rolling boil. Steep for 5 minutes, mo more, no less. If you go longer you start getting tannin, which is bitter.
Some say stir at the beginning of your steeping, others say after. I stir at the end. Do not stir during the 5 minute steep period. pour the tea through the strainer into the mug.. and you have tea.
ThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
I guess I'm a bit of a tea purist...
1: Boil Kettle, leave to stand for 2 minutes
2: Place tea strainer over mug
3: Place 3 teaspoons of tea leaves (I have some earl grey ones, but any will do) into half size teapot
4: Pour in water
5: Leave for 45 seconds (I like my tea very weak)
6: Pour over tea strainer into cup up to about 4/5 full
7: Leave to stand for a minute or so
Its one thing to be a beer snob, which LHMark takes quite a bit for here in Crapchester. However being a self-proclaimed tea snob just goes right off the deep end. I'm pretty sure me and my gut would rather be called Dungeons and Dragons losers than a tea snob. I can see ole Capt. learning how to drink tea out of the same book housewives learned how to act in the '50's.
but the teabags are clearly inferior to standard tea. And standard tea is something where you can mix different sorts, and do add-ons like cinnamon. And then put the tea into the filter, pour the water through, keep the filter in the water for a few minutes to top up the flavour, and then you have a decent tea. And what is important in many countries like Switzerland is the water-filter as unfiltered water is not good for tea.
teas to be mixed are Earl Grey, Jasmine, "EnglishBreakfast", and many others. Plus if available some Moroccan mint-tea plus some cinnamon. No milk, but sufficient sugar.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 15): teas to be mixed are Earl Grey, Jasmine, "EnglishBreakfast", and many others. Plus if available some Moroccan mint-tea plus some cinnamon. No milk, but sufficient sugar.
Part of the problem is that supermarket tea is even worse than supermarket coffee. I get this stuff called Lifeboat tea from the local world market. It's good. I also grow my own peppermint in the summer and use it for tea.
well, here from their WEBsite the explanation: This tea is a unique English Breakfast blend. Packed in England by Williamson Fine Teas on behalf of the world famous Royal National Lifeboat Institution, each cup of tea will help fund these lifeboat men. - so that it actually is Williamson Tea .
and this is their WEBsite for consumers in the USA
and here a TIN of Earl Grey Tea of Williamson
Earl Grey Tea, Loose Tea, Lever lid tin of 125g
and the Moroccan tea
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 15): but the teabags are clearly inferior to standard tea. And standard tea is something where you can mix different sorts, and do add-ons like cinnamon. And then put the tea into the filter, pour the water through, keep the filter in the water for a few minutes to top up the flavour, and then you have a decent tea. And what is important in many countries like Switzerland is the water-filter as unfiltered water is not good for tea.
Like I said, I don't have time for loose tea for my morning or afternoon cuppa. Just not enough hours in the day.