How do you like yours? I like mine to taste like tea.
Taking a leaf out of George Orwell’s book, I felt compelled to share my method of making the best brew, every time.
A lot of people have their favourite brand, but most of the time, a lot of these companies have been selling tea for years, and it’d pretty mad to sit and say one is better than another.
A bad workman always blames his tools, as they say, so what I tend to find is that incorrectly made tea tastes bad.
I discovered I had been making my brew all wrong for years when I started a new job and my manager at the time taught me his method, and since then, my teas have never tasted better.
Not one to keep such gifts to myself, here is my method.
1. Firstly, and the most obvious, boil the kettle.
2. Get your tea bag and put it in the cup ready. I find it best to use a standard tea/coffee mug; I have drunk out of fancy mugs, making the tea taste different, and not in a good way. Especially, and I know this sounds odd, if the mug walls are too thin, or if the feel of the mug is grainy. The mug should also be a typical cylinder, so as wide at the bottom as it is at the top.
3. Once the water has boiled, tip it straight into the cup. None of this waiting for it to cool rubbish, use it as soon as the kettle clicks.
4. Ensure to fill up to near the top. Make sure to allow enough space to add the milk later and enough room not to spill it when you stir it. Half-filled mugs make me sad, so don’t skimp on the water!
5. Grab a teaspoon and plunge it onto the tea bag. Push the bag to the bottom and start to stir for a couple of seconds.
6. Pull the spoon out and rest it somewhere.
7. Now the critical bit, leave it. That’s right don’t touch it. Let it mash for a moment. I tend to find 5–7 minutes is the golden time for tea to brew — a great time to empty the dishwasher, if you have one, of course.
8. Grab you teaspoon again, push the bag down a second time and then give it another good stir. Pull the bag up and squeeze on the side of the mug before removal, ensuring to get all the beautiful tea tasting water in mug.
9. Now it’s time for the milk. This is the second most crucial stage as this defines how strong it will taste, I usually add what I’ll call a ‘slightly prolonged splash’ of milk to turn the milk a light golden brown colour, if it’s too dark you haven’t got enough milk and if it’s too light you’ve put too much it.
10. Get that perfect colour. It’s hard to describe the ideal colour, but all I can say is when you know, you know.
And there you have it, the perfect method for the perfect brew, and should suit most tea drinkers tastes, but maybe not those odd folk who like it super weak, and then you have to ask the question if you really like tea, and if this person is a friend, it may be time to consider your friendship.
Thoughts? Opinions? What do you think? How do you make your perfect cup of tea? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.