Posts tagged ‘tea’

August 11, 2015

How to make tea like an Englishman(woman)

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My soon-to-be sister-in-law went to Europe a few weeks ago. She brought me back what is one of the coolest gifts I’ve ever received: Alice in Wonderland tea. The Alice in Wonderland stories are some of my favorite pieces of literature, and my knowledge of the tales is relatively vast. My knowledge of tea however? Not so much. I spent seven years writing about coffee. So when I received this tea, I thought, how does one make tea like an English person? So, like any curious American, I Googled it.

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Step one: pick your tea.
“Be aware that English tea is often stronger than ones made in America or other countries, so look for an imported brand if you are located outside Britain but want real British strength.”
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My tea is British. Check!
Step two: boil water.
Done.
Step three: prepare your tea and mugs.
“If you’re using mugs, put a teabag in each mug. Very few people use cups and saucers at home. Big mugs (beakers) are usual, for an everyday cup of tea.”
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I used a tea cup with a saucer. Does that make me fancy or obviously American?
“If you’re making tea with loose-leaf tea in a pot, add 1 teaspoonful of tea per cup, plus one extra teaspoonful for the pot. Generally speaking, 3 teaspoonfuls of good quality tea in a two-cup teapot works fine. Some people say 3 grams of loose tea per person makes the perfect cup of tea.”
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My very British tea is loose tea, and I don’t have a tea pot. So I brewed the English tea in a French press.
Step four: pour boiling water over tea.
I did this part right!
Step five: let tea steep for 3-5 minutes.
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My tea steeped for three minutes because I’m impatient.
Step six: remove tea bag.
I pushed the plunger on the French press and poured the tea into a floral teacup.
Step seven: add milk and sugar to taste.
I didn’t mess with any add-ins.
Step eight: enjoy your tea!
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Consuming the tea was kind of like drinking flowers, but in a good way. I’m unsure if I accurately made tea like the British considering that I did use a French press and a fancy teacup.