Buy a tea in a coffee shop and for £1.50 you get a paper tea bag dunked in a not-quite-hot-enough mug of water from the coffee machine. Baristas know how to do the Mona Lisa in latte art, but they’re certainly not sure how to make a proper cup of tea.
LISTEN UP BARISTAS, HERE'S HOW TO DO IT.
Start with your eyes – tea should look like tea, nothing else. Stay away from soil-esque muck in a piece of paper- look for whole, rolled leaves. And remember, when it comes to leaves, the bigger the better.
We made many cups of tea to experiment and find the perfect ratio of tea : water. Some were great, some not so – we eventually decided on 5g of tea per 400ml of water and designed our own pots and scoops to go together, because making a proper cup of tea should never be an arduous task, and a proper cup of tea should never be drunk out of a jumbo Sports Direct mug.
As for the water, keep it boiled at 100°C. This is a general rule of thumb, but watch out with green tea – the leaves are more delicate and need to be brewed at a lower temperature of 85°C – lest you end up with a potful of bitterness.
Finally, shun the status quo. The average brewing time for a cup of tea in the UK is twenty seconds. If you’re brewing with proper tea, that’s a travesty. Play the waiting game and give your tea at least 3 minutes to brew.