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How to Make a Good Cup of Tea

Updated on January 10, 2010

Tea is one of the most popular drinks that is drunk around the world by millions of people. Despite this fact, not everybody can make a good cup of tea. Oh, yes, people make cups of tea all the time, but it's not the same as making a good cup of tea. I hope to change that and spread some of this knowledge around so that people can once again enjoy this refreshing, ancient beverage.

Note: This guide is for making a cup of black tea, the process for making other types (green, oolong, white, herbal) can vary slightly

1. Boil the water

Use fresh, cool water and bring to the boil using your kettle.

The first mistake people make is to just re-boil the water left remaining from the previous drink. Using fresh water makes for a cleaner tasting tea

2. Prepare the cup

As soon as the water is boiled, use a little of it to swirl around your cup before emptying it and adding your teabag (or leaves in strainer)

3. Brew the tea

Pour the freshly boiled water onto the tea, don't wait and let the water cool before doing this, then let the tea infuse into the water for between 2-3 minutes. The longer you let the tea steep, the stronger it will be.

Never brew tea for more than 3 minutes otherwise it will become bitter from the tannin leaching into your drink.

4. Flavouring

If you need to, you can add flavour to the tea at this point.

Common flavourings include

  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Mint
  • Milk
  • Lemon
  • Whisky

5. Enjoy

Drink your lovely cup of tea whilst it is hot and savour the refreshing beverage.

Thank you all for reading my ramblings and I hope you've enjoyed my first attempt at writing something useful


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    • LizzyBoo profile image

      LizzyBoo 8 years ago from Czech Republic

      Aww what a nice hub. I am over the moon. Well done boy! Lizzy

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      good hub Zytron, as a brit a cup of tea cure all thanks for sharing .....jimmy