Okay, so, I know that last time I said that there’s no real, exact, “proper” way to make tea. Do whatever you want; the process isn’t going to vary that much between people because there’s only so many ways to pour boiling water. Unless you’re trying to scald yourself.
(This blog does not condone scalding yourself. Be careful out there, folks.)
This morning, in a half-asleep stupor, I documented my own tea making process. Truly it is a wonder that I did not scald myself. Here’s how I make tea.
First, we start by getting the water boiling. Note that the eye is on “high.” Also note that beautiful aluminum foil–and the slight Dutch angle of this shot, which conveys how tired I was when I took this picture.
Next, you want to get your tea and sugar. I use tea bags because I am “uncultured” or something. There’s debate over whether loose leaf provides a better brew, because it’s full leaves rather than the ground stuff you get in bags. Personally I don’t care, the bags work fine, leave me alone.
Put a bag and some sugar in your mug. I do two of those little scoops because I only like a little sweetness. Oh! I am using Tetley’s British Blend, which is my go-to morning time tea. More robust than a standard English Breakfast. I’ve been drinking it for… [redacted].
Pour that boiling water in there. Remember not to scald yourself.
Now we steep. Typically you want to let a black tea like this one steep for three to five minutes. I tend to lean toward five (or more) because I like a strong cup. I have been known to let it steep for up to half an hour. Whether this is an accident, I will leave up to reader’s interpretation.
Remove the bag and add milk to taste. Stir. I am out of milk. That was my roommate’s milk. Sorry, Kayla.
And that’s how I make my standard cup of tea! I drank this cup while eating toast and listening to NPR, because secretly I am about sixty years old.