The Perfect Brew
There is no absolute answer to this question, as every culture and religion has its own beliefs, but we believe that this method works the best in the United Kingdom.
- Use a good quality loose leaf or bagged tea.
This must be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
- Always use fresh water from a running tap, to avoid any taste contamination from your kettle.
Always use boiling water when preparing black tea; the boiling water (100c) "energises" the leaf and extracts all the character and value efficiently from the tea.
The water temperature for green tea should be around 80c; using a lower temperature avoids the bitterness that can be experienced using freshly boiled water.
In order to draw the best flavour out of the tea the water must contain oxygen, this is reduced if the water is boiled more than once.
Measure the tea carefully.
Use 1 tea bag or 1 rounded teaspoon of loose tea for each cup to be served.
Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time before pouring.
Brewing tea from a bag in a mug? Milk in last is best.
Buying and Storing Tea
- Use a good quality Tea Supplier or brand.
- Store tea in a cool, dry place.
- Avoid placing it next to strongly flavoured or perfumed foods, etc.
- Do not over buy tea.
In some parts of the country the tap water is chlorinated strongly and this can affect the taste of the tea, if you are based in such an area consider using a water filter.
Here is a downloadable version.
Loose leaf teas can be infused 2 or 3 times.