Tea is a bit of a sneakily controversial beverage.
I am a habitual tea drinker… around 4 cups a day usually. Tea is my happy place and a big part of how I chill out. There are thousands of types and blends of tea, but I’m just a English breakfast tea kinda gal (simple tastes and that).
The controversy comes in when you start making a brew. I am a tea bag squishing, pour the milk in before the bag is out and add a sugar person. This is abhorrent to some of my friends and colleagues, especially adding milk to the tea.
Why is tea making such a polarising issue? So what if I like a rapido cuppa and you like a delicately brewed loose leaf tea, flavour matched with a special sugar and French fancy?
Tea has been in Britain for over 300 years, and we still haven’t created a recipe for the perfect cup. In 1946, George Orwell himself even tried to resolve this by writing his 11 recommendations for making the perfect cup in the Evening Standard. We all seem to be getting it wrong from timings (according to a study from British Science week only 16% of us brew for the optimum 2-3 minutes), to when we add the milk (41% are adding before the water).
So here’s my perfect tea ‘recipe’ (when I’m not in a rush and am just making a regular tea with a bag):
- Boil the kettle
- Pop a tea bag and an optional sweetener in a mug (cups just don’t hold enough, although they are pretty)
- Pour in the hot water
- Brew for 2 minutes
- Take out the bag
- Add a splish of milk
Would love to hear your thoughts on the great tea debate, and your perfect recipes!