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Tips on Making English-Style Tea

Updated on June 19, 2013
English Tea with some cookies
English Tea with some cookies | Source


Tea drinking started from China during the 16th century. This was passed on to Britain who enjoyed sipping during the 17th century. They introduced Tea to India.

Tea comes from the leaves of the small tree Camellia Sinensis. There are many types of tea namely Black, Green, White, and oolong. However, Black tea is more oxidized than any other tea leaves and is stronger in flavor and has a longer shelf life as compared to other tea leaves.

Today India, China and Sri Lanka grow Black tea in abundance. Their leaves are spread out to dry and then placed in a humid environment to promote fermentation, which turns the leaves dark and helps develop black tea strong flavor. The dried leaves are then shipped in boxes all over the world.

Black Tea brewing

A teaspoon of black tea for every 6-ounce cup is recommended where the leaves are boiled/steeped in boiled water for approximately 3-5 minutes.

If steeped for a longer time, the tea becomes bitter. The loose tea leaves should be strained prior to serving.

Tea leaves stored in an airtight container
Tea leaves stored in an airtight container | Source

Black Tea Storage

Store your loose tea leaves in an airtight container. This will help retain the aroma of the tea leaves.

Benefits of Black Tea

Black tea has many benefits:

o Good for the Heart—Black tea has been researched to be abundant in antioxidants such as flavonoids which helps to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol and to lower the risk of heart disease. Polyphenols are found in black tea, which are strong antioxidants. Manganese in black tea leaves helps cardiac muscles function.

o Prevents, Cancer—Polyphenols. found in black tea help in the prevention of potential carcinogens in the body. This helps in prevention of many cancers.

o Healthy Digestive Tract—Tannins are found in black tea, which make it a powerful digestive aid helping in the prevention of gastric and intestinal illnesses.

o Healthy Immune System—Tannins are substances found in Black tea, which have the ability to fight viruses. It is also known to help suppress tumors, and the alkylamine antigens present in black tea helps boost immune response.

o Increased Energy—The caffeine present in black tea targets the brain and the muscles thus helping to stimulate metabolism and increase brain function. Thus, helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

o Good for the Brain and Nervous System—Moderate caffeine in black tea gives the memory a boost by promoting blood flow to the brain. Black tea has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone and also help protect against Parkinson’s disease.

tea bag in a cup
tea bag in a cup | Source
Enjoying English tea with some cookies
Enjoying English tea with some cookies | Source

How to make a cup of English Tea

1. Boil 1 cup of Water

2. Pour it in a cup

3. Add the Tea Bag

4. Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes

5. Add Milk and Sugar to your taste

6. Stir and Enjoy

Ginger | Source
Grated Ginger
Grated Ginger | Source
Water with ginger
Water with ginger | Source
Strainer over the cup to strain off the loose tea leaves and ginger
Strainer over the cup to strain off the loose tea leaves and ginger | Source
A cup of English Tea with the flavor of Ginger. It helps combat cold wintery days.
A cup of English Tea with the flavor of Ginger. It helps combat cold wintery days. | Source

Tips to make English Tea on Cold Winter Day

1. Boil 1 cup of Water

2. Add grated Ginger

3. Allow it to boil until water is slightly yellow

4. Add Milk and Sugar according to your taste

5. Add loose black tea or a tea bag to the boiling mixture

6. Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes by simmering the gas stove

7. Turn off the gas.

8. Pour the tea in a cup using a strainer.

Cardamoms give a cooling effect during hot summer days.
Cardamoms give a cooling effect during hot summer days. | Source

Tips to make English Tea on Hot Summer Day

1. Boil 1 cup of Water

2. Add 2 Green cardamoms by crushing the seeds and boiling them in water to release the oils.
3. Allow it to boil for some time.

4. Add Milk and Sugar to your taste

5. Add loose black tea or a tea bag to the boiling mixture

6. Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes by simmering the gas stove.

7. Turn off the gas.

8. Pour the tea in a cup using a strainer

Enjoy your tea with your favorite cookies.


Black Tea has many benefits, and it is no more restricted to China or India or Britain. Every country is importing these tea leaves and enjoying the many benefits of tea drinking.



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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Tea is such a refreshing drink and so helpful for the many health issues as you have mentioned, I do enjoy a cup of tea now and again.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! I must look for more ways to drink some of these teas. They sound so healthy. I have learned some new and useful facts here. Thank you!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      The benefits of black tea have been discussed a lot and although I'm America and didn't know much about tea, I now enjoy it more often. I especially like your recipe for black tea with caradmom, one of my favorite spices. Thank you!

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      Jane Holmes 

      6 years ago

      What a great hub! I'm a tea drinker myself and found this very interesting! What a great job!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I love tea, especially on a quiet afternoon. Thank you for the suggestion and the tips on making great tea. It is so beneficial, as you point out, to health.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      My husband and I are tea drinkers. I love drinking tea English style. Put a black tea bag in a mug, boiled water and add to the mug with tea. I let it stay for 3 minutes and then add sugar and fresh milk. Yummy! A day without tea is not complete for me. I ´ll have my cuppa now. Have a great weekend!

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely to read. We just can't do without a "cuppa" in UK.

      I enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

      Ps. Cuppa is slang for cup of tea.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these lovely tips and recipes, Ruchira. I've never added cardamoms to my tea, but it surely sounds interesting. I'll try that sometime :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal


      I did not know I was drinking English style tea as long as I can remember.

      Thanks for this interesting hub.


    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Michelle. I also love my cup of tea in the mornings :)

      Thanks Mike. I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

      Thanks Rajan. Appreciate it.

      Thanks Peggy. Yes, you should try it with ginger and cardamom. You will love it, Guaranteed!

      Thanks Nell. Yes, you will enjoy the ginger/cardamom in your tea. The flavor is awesome!

      thanks Ubaidh. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. Cheers!

      thanks Ruby. I am glad that you too are a tea lover...Yeah!

      thanks ignugent for stopping by and appreciate it.

      Thanks Imugen French. Yes, I too love the loose tea leaves rather than the tea bags. I am glad you enjoyed reading the above.

      thanks jools99. I am sorry to read that you are allergic to it. Maybe try dipping it for less time. Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Glad we connect on this. There is nothing like a good cup of tea! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      I love black tea! it's good to know about the health benefits of it! Thank you for the suggestions! Voted up, useful & interesting!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Tea made by steeping the tea leaves in ater for sometime, is beneficial to health. Thanks for sharing some ways in which different teas can be made.

      Up and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      My husband is a coffee drinker but I like coffee and tea and have many different teas in the house. I like your idea of adding the grated ginger or cardamom to it. Will have to give that a try since I like both flavors. Nice to know about all of the health benefits of drinking tea. Up and useful votes.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      I love the different adaptions on the tea. the idea of ginger sounds great, really interesting and being English? well I love my tea! lol! voted up and shared, nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I drink tea everyday. I love the taste, knowing it is good for you is a plus. I tried green tea for awhile but prefer the black. Great informative hub Ruchira..Thank you...

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      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. It is always good to know something new everyday.

      Thanks for sharing the ideas of making English style tea.

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      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      Great hub Ruchira, I love the idea of adding ginger or cardamom to tea. As an English person, I have to say that the best English style tea has to be made in a teapot with loose leaf tea, rather than teabags - but I guess everyone has their own favourite way of making it :)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Interesting hub. Unfortunately, I am allergic to tea so I only drink coffee. I do have a cup of tea if I'm invited out and it's all that's on offer and I have to admit I always really enjoy it :o) I find it more refreshing than coffee.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Kelly,

      I wish you were close by...could serve you this tea with ginger in sure helps to fight the cold and the cold bitter morning by giving warmth to the body and the throat.

      Till then sending you a virtual cup of hot tea :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I wish I enjoyed tea as much as coffee. I recently tried Chai and it's just so sweet! I know there is a tea I could love...I just have to find it:). I am gonna give your tea with ginger a go!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Mhatter99. But, you will enjoy it if you put in a little effort...cheers :)

      thanks donnah. Me too. I enjoy my first cup of tea in the morning :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, I like the idea of adding ginger. I will have to try that. I love a good cup of tea!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tips. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a barbarian when it comes to my tea.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Ruchira! Bev is the tea-drinker in our family, so I'll pass this on to her. Thank you!


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