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How to brew the perfect cup

Everyone knows how to make a cup of tea ‘the way they like it’ so it would be condescending of me to suggest there is a better way but there are a few hints to help ensure that when you sit down for your tea moment you enjoy it, at its very best.

The Water:

Always use fresh water. It is the dissolved oxygen in the water that draws the flavour out of the tea leaf. Water that has boiled before has less oxygen so it will not brew as well.

The Kettle:

Only put in the amount of water you are going to use, it makes no difference to how the tea tastes but it will use less energy and save you money.

The Tea Pot:

Use your favourite. It doesn’t matter if it's metal, china or glass but it does help to warm it first. The best type of Tea Pot is one with an internal removable strainer or basket, like the tea pots we sell. Removing the strainer enables you to stop the tea from brewing beyond your ideal time.

The Tea:

When you are able to get top quality leaf tea, why would you pay extra to have it wrapped in tissue or some other material which restricts its brew? It makes no sense, so always use whole leaf tea. You will soon work out what is best for you but we recommend 1 teaspoon per cup, placed in the warmed tea pot.

Adding the water:

Once the Kettle boils, add the boiling water to the pot for all the teas except the Green Tea. Green tea brews better at a little below boiling point so wait a few minutes before adding the water.

The Brew:

We give a guide on each packet as the teas do perform differently, for instance the Green tea is past its best if allowed to brew for more than 3 mins but again, you will soon work out how long is best for you.

The Pouring:

Putting the milk in first or last does make a difference but neither is wrong. Why not pour one cup of each and see which you prefer.

The Drinking:

Sit down, relax and make time to enjoy this exquisite drink that has been so carefully brought to its point of perfection.

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