How To Make The Perfect Cuppa

There are lots of different ways to make a cup of tea. Over the years I’ve had my fair share of cuppas and personally think that I can make a perfect cup of tea. I want to share my secret with you at absolutely no cost.

1. My experience with Tea

The reference to “perfect” is not scientifically proven, but a result of feedback from family, co-workers and countless friends. I have been making cups of tea from a young age but my professional experience expanded whilst working in television production as a runner for nearly 2 years. This job required you to make tea - a lot, sometimes up to 100 a day - for producers and whoever else asked.

2. What you Need

  • A mug: preferably ceramic with a minimum of 4mm mug wall thickness.
  • A tea bag: one “English Breakfast” tea bag. I’m not judgemental on brand or shape of the bag.
  • Water: preferably good water, none of that tap water in London. If you live in London (or have similar water freshness issues) invest in a water filter.
  • A kettle (and access to electricity).
  • Milk: preferably semi-skimmed. Real milk too - none of that UHT nuclear-holocaust-single-serving packaged milk.
  • A teaspoon: choose a teaspoon that isn’t too deep.
  • Sugar if needed.

If you plan on using skimmed milk please leave now. You do not deserve to drink this cup of tea.

4. Part 1: Preparation

Pour fresh water into the kettle and turn it on. Make the effort - don’t use double-boiled water! During the boil, you now have time to collect all the necessary ingredients and prepare everything.

Place one tea bag into a mug and do nothing else. For multiple cups of tea, use one tea bag per mug - you’re not being clever by “double mugging” (a term to share one tea bag between two cups of tea).

6. Part 2: Pour & Wait

Once the water is boiled, pour the hot water into the mug. Now, leave it alone for 3-6 minutes with nothing but hot water and the tea bag in the mug.

6 minutes may sound like a long time but, for me anyway, I don’t even drink my cup of tea until it cools down slightly. I’ve worked out that minute 8 holds the key to the perfect tea drinking temperature.

N.B. I’m quite forgetful so make sure you don’t simply forget the cup of tea - otherwise you’ll miss the perfect cup and you’ll be upset.

Your cuppa should now look a little like this…

8. Part 3: The Clamp

Your patience is dwindling now, but you’re getting closer to hot-drink-heaven.

Get your teaspoon and clamp the tea bag between the spoon and the wall of the mug. Doing this will release a lot more flavour than if you were to simply pick the tea bag out and chuck it in the bin - what a waste!

If you’re really posh you can invest in a great gadget called the TeaTool Tea Strainer. 3 for around £11 is a good deal.

10. Part 4: Finishing Touches

Only now can milk and sugar be added. Milk first, then sugar. Stir at least 2 revolutions per second for at least 5 seconds. Expel spoon and throw in the sink.

Your “perfect” cuppa is now ready to drink!

11. Evaluation: Your Perfect Colour

Tea can have a different colour dependent on the strength. On the chart below you can see many variations of tea colour preferences. For me, I consider the perfect colour to be somewhere between “Cuppa Cabana” and “Nigerian Sunset”

12. Enjoy!

You will now be drinking a perfect cuppa thanks to me. You’re welcome.

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