How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea
- Who cares.
- Tea originated in China, so I’m not particularly fussed about the Brits’ opinion anyway.
- What is “proper”?
How to Make A Cup of Tea
- Find a blend you like.
- Stick the bag/loose leaves/whatever into a mug.
- Pour boiling water overtop.
- Sweeten to taste; add milk if desired.
- Drink it and live your life in peace.
I learned to make tea from a Canadian whose parents are from England, so I guess technically I do know how to brew a proper cup. I don’t always follow the precise rules though–I usually used bagged tea, the horror!–but it comes out just fine. Maybe this is a metaphor for how I approach life, or maybe it is just how I make tea.
What you eat and drink is your own experience. To me, it feels wrong to police how someone makes something. There are a few standard “hmm, maybe that is not the best way” protocols: Microwave tea is bad tea, though I did have to resort to that for the single semester I lived in the dorms. Generally speaking though, if you like the result, then however you did it is fine. Some people take themselves too seriously. It’s all just leaf juice at the end of the day, right?
For the next month, I’ll be taking you through the different ways that I enjoy a cup of tea. You will certainly learn something if you follow along, though whether it will be of any use to you is debatable.