Here's your guide to mashing mastery.
1Put the kettle on
Give your brew the attention it deserves and be sure to only boil the kettle once - this makes sure you have the right level of oxygen in the water. (Tea bag needs to breathe you know.)
Go on then, put the kettle on!
2Pour a drop of boiling water into the pot
Give it a good swill to warm the pot then pour into the cups and do the same.
3Put your teabags in the pot
The golden rule: One for you, one for me and one for the pot. For loose tea-leaves use three teaspoons (for the same reason).
Teabags or leaves?
It's up to you and down to personal preference.
Bags are convenient, but as they contain bits of tea (and not whole leaves), you may find the flavour is lacking when compared to the loose-leaf counterpart. The debate rages on!
Real tea is loose man.
Go ahead and drag the tea-bags into the teapot.x
4Add freshly boiled water to the pot
Give it a stir and secure the lid.
Wrap your pot in a tea-cosy if it's nippy outside!
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5Wait for the magic to happen
Patience now! Allow to brew for 2-5 minutes, depending on your type. White, yellow and green tea is ready in a couple of minutes, whereas black teas take 2-4 minutes. Herbal teas can take up to 6 minutes. Don't rush your pot!
While you're waiting...
6Pour yourself a cup of love. Add milk and sugar as desired.
Complement with a chocolate hob nob or dunk a ginger nut for utter contentment and happiness. Remember: A cup of tea solves everything.