It’s not only about skills or experience, there is actually a fixed set of guidelines that goes into the brewing of a perfect cup of tea. After reviewing certain specifications, the British Standards Institution reached a conclusion, and released an official procedure for it. We concur.
- First and foremost, the ideal beverage should be brewed in a white porcelain or glazed earthenware pot.
- To this pot, you must add 2g tea per 100ml of water, that’s two teabags for a small pot and four for a big pot.
- The next step is to steep it for six minutes with the lid on the pot. It is important to keep check of the time. Six minutes is enough for optimal extraction of flavors from the tea leaves. At this point, the brew should be no hotter than 85 degrees to prevent the milk from scalding.
- If you wish to have milk with your tea, you must always pour the milk first into the cup before the tea. This prevents the milk protein from binding, which interferes with its taste.
- Your tea is almost ready. If you take sugar, add in a cube or two, and stir well before you sip into your splendid brew.
There you have it; a set of full-proof guidelines to brew the perfect tea, laid down by the connoisseurs of tea themselves—the British.