How to make the perfect cup of tea
The perfect cup of tea. Something so treasured by our nation, a true symbol of Britishness; for something we love so dearly, do we really know that much about it?
84% of the British population drink tea every day, but how many of them know that the different variations of tea aren’t that different at all, both white and black tea come from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis.
How the tea is harvested and prepared determines what type of tea it will end up being. Be it white, green, oolong or black. For example, white tea is only made with the buds and the young leaves of the tea plant. English Breakfast is a black tea blend including Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. The biggest distinguishing factor is how long the leaves have been oxidised for, white being the least oxidised whereas black tea (used to make our English Breakfast tea) is fully oxidised, causing it turn black.
When a cup of tea is such a valued custom of our British culture, taking the time to brew the perfect cup just seems right. With over 160 million cups being drunk a day, how many of them are being prepared the ‘right’ way?
The process behind making and preparing what is thought to be the perfect cup of tea is far more precise than the familiar duo of the humble tea bag and kettle so follow these steps to make the perfect cup of English Breakfast Tea.