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A nice cup of Tea

Post by SirClive » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:52 am

I don't know what is wrong but I seem to have lost the knack of making a good cup of tea. I usually have a cup before I go to work and one when I get home, but every cup I have made this week has been rubbish.

I am using the same T-Bags, the same milk (well, from the same shop). The only difference is that I am using different cups (because I forgot to get dishwasher tablets, again).

Anyone got any tips that may help bring my tea-making back up to par?
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Post by Dudley » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:45 am

Soak the bag in bleach first.

And instead of water, use bleach.

And instead of milk, use bleach.
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Post by Opa-Opa » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:10 am

Well for a start always put the milk in last, that way you can get your tea that nice light brown colour. :)

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Post by pantal00ns » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:16 am

Get your other half to make it.


That way if it is still rubbish the cups are to blame :wink:

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Post by revgiblet » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:17 am

Dudley wrote:Soak the bag in bleach first.

And instead of water, use bleach.

And instead of milk, use bleach.
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Re: A nice cup of Tea

Post by GetDexter » Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:51 am

SirClive wrote:I don't know what is wrong but I seem to have lost the knack of making a good cup of tea. I usually have a cup before I go to work and one when I get home, but every cup I have made this week has been rubbish.

I am using the same T-Bags, the same milk (well, from the same shop). The only difference is that I am using different cups (because I forgot to get dishwasher tablets, again).

Anyone got any tips that may help bring my tea-making back up to par?
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Post by SirClive » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:55 am

Thanks, I will respond to you all individually...
A Cheeky Little Badger wrote:Soak the bag in bleach first. And instead of water, use bleach. And instead of milk, use bleach.
Thanks Duds, I don't have any bleach so will turps do?
That Pesky Wabbit wrote:Well for a start always put the milk in last, that way you can get your tea that nice light brown colour.
Of course! Unless it is a pot of tea, then the milk MUST go in first.
Felix and his Amazing Underpantal00ns wrote:Get your other half to make it. That way if it is still rubbish the cups are to blame
I am a lonley fella all on my onesies until the weekend :(
The Man from Kenco wrote:Give in - you know you want coffee really. You KNOW it...
At 7.50 in the morning I can't be arsed making coffee. Don't even suggest I use instant *bleugh*

I will try again later and see if I can beat my highscore. I am currently on 'barely drinkable'.
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Post by Opa-Opa » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:02 am

Instant Coffee is rotten... Real coffee, made from real coffee beans in a real coffee maker is lovely but no-one has time to arse around with all that in the morning. Instant coffe would be banned in any country I was ruler of.!

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Post by mendez » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:07 am

Lol, tea never tastes as nice anymore unless I use a spoon of white sugar...
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Post by felgekarp » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:31 am

I find using a nice tea stained cup, like the one I've got at work helps as well.
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Post by MattC » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:58 am

I think your mistake may be in using teabags. Get some loose-leaf tea (Twinings or Yorkshire tea is good), a strainer and a ceramic teapot and follow my process below.

- Use fresh water in the kettle & only boil the amount you need.
- Warm the teapot before use.
- Put approx. 2 teaspoons of tea per person into the teapot.
- As soon as the kettle boils pour the water into the teapot. Don't allow it to go off the boil.
- Put the lid on and put a teacosy on the kettle to keep the water hot.
- Leave for approx 2.5 minutes (too little time will make the tea too weak, too long will cause the tea to stew & release tannin which will impair the flavour)
- This is where the process can get controversial - many people (such as Vanessa Feltz and the late George Orwell) insist on adding the milk to the tea, whereas others (including the late Douglas Adams) say you should put the milk in first. Try both ways and see which you prefer - there is a difference although it isn't as great as some people seem to think.
- Make sure you pour the tea through the strainer or you will end up with a mug full of tealeaves.

Real tea is best served with Chocolate digestives or Rich Tea biscuits.

You may want to modify this process to suit your own intrinsic tea-based requirements. It is open to interpretation.

P.S. You can read more of George Orwell's observations regarding the tea making process on this website:

http://www.246.dk/teaorwell.html

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Post by SirClive » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:06 pm

I have a number of problems with this Matt.

1. Only my granny (who died in 1986) would have a tea strainer (and a tea cosy for that matter)

2. I thought piping hot freshly boiled water scorched the leaves, thus killing much of the flavour

3. Douglas Adams is right. When making a pot of tea it is LAW to put the milk in the cup first

I have had a look at Mr Orwell's website and can say with all conviction that the guy doesn't know his ar
se from his elbow.
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Post by Opa-Opa » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:12 pm

I'm sorry but no... Whats all this milk first rubbish..?
You must put the milk in last so as to get just the right tea>milk balance.!
People who put the milk in first just make crap, milky white, pi55 water tea, even if it is made in a pot or with a bag.
No wonder your having problems if your putting the milk in first SirClive...

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Post by GetDexter » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:16 pm

Agreed. Milk in first is only for girls and those experiencing a gender identity crisis.

1.Get a BIG mug, like the ones I have from Asda with the Manhattan skyline printed around the outside.

2. Put tea BAG in mug.

3. Fill with freshly boiled FRESH water.

4. Leave to stand for minimum of two minutes, ideally four minutes.

5. THEN add milk and sugar to taste.

6. Drink & enjoy.
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Post by The Last Ginja » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:19 pm

Milk 1st I should know I was a Cub Scout and did a sponsored tea making thingamejig. I made over 400 cups in one day, much to the satisfaction of over 400 people funnily enough.

Ginja's Tea Making tips:

1) Boil Kettle
2)Put Milk in Mug
3)Put Tea Bag in mug
4)Add sugar(If using Alan Sugar larger mug may be needed) if required.
5)Pour water from Kettle into mug while stirring bag.
6) Squeeze bag onto spoon to get the last out.
7)Enjoy with Custard Creams(other biscuits optional)

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