We are passionate about doing things properly and we love our tea. Here are some tips on making the perfect cup:
- Avoid the temptation to delegate, this job is best done by oneself
- Boil freshly drawn water on a stove top kettle
- Warm your pot while arranging your cups on a tray, ideally with saucers (but this is not essential). The trick is not to have too thick or too thin a cup: too thick and the upper lip is miles from the action; too thin and it's uncomfortable for the lower lip.
- Spoon one spoonful of your favourite Indian blend into your pot (naturally, the blend will depend on the time of day).
- Pour in the water at precisely boiling point, resisting the temptation to stir too vigorously.
- Leave to brew for about 5 minutes
- If serving with milk, splash the milk into the cup first. Whilst this may seem sensible when using dainty receptacles, there is also strong scientific evidence for pouring in the milk first: pouring cold milk into hot tea makes the denaturation of milk proteins more likely, thereby having a negative effect on the taste. Far better to have the milk waiting at the bottom of the cup enabling it to cool the tea, rather than allow the tea to ruinously raise the temperature of the milk.
“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.”
“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
“Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.”