Use freshly drawn water, preferably filtered, that has not been boiled previously. For quantities of water, a common rule of thumb is to use 2.5g - 3g to 200ml of water but always check the brewing instructions to make sure. However, there are some exceptions.
The two Ts of brewing are time and temperature and they're really important to remember if you want the perfect cup of tea. Different types of tea should be brewed for different times and at different temperatures; if in doubt, always check on the back of the packet. After the leaves have steeped for the correct time remove them completely otherwise the tea can become bitter. Milk and sugar can be added to black teas as desired. Re-infuse accordingly if brewing other types.
Remember, this is your cup of tea and you will soon learn how you like it. If you like your tea lighter use less leaf if you like your tea stronger use more leaf. The two Ts are the main rules to follow, the rest is up to you to discover and enjoy.
China is the birthplace of tea drinking and every type of tea is produced in China. Chinese tea production started in 2737BC and they've been perfecting the art ever since.
You may be able to re-infuse your tea - check on the back of the packet.
Tea is an indulgence, and sometimes it’s nice to add a little bit of ceremony to drinking your tea. Did you know that there is such a thing as tea drinking etiquette? There are a few general rules which are traditionally adhered to when drinking tea in the UK - such as how to hold your cup, how to stir, and even where to look when you’re drinking tea! Here’s our handy guide to tea drinking etiquette.
All the time, all over the world, tea festivals and events are happening. So, we’ve done some digging and found a few of the best in the world, as well as when and where they are! Some of them are UK based and some of them are a lot further afield, such as in the USA and China. Keep reading to find out more.