Making a perfect cup of tea
  • Water that is too soft and doesn't contain minerals can make the tea taste soapy. Too hard and contains too many minerals such as calcium and magnesium ions can cause scum to form on top of the tea and change the flavour.
  • Loose-leaf gives more flavour than tea bags because there is more space to move around and diffuse the flavour.
  • Tea should ideally be brewed for five minutes to allow more flavour and antioxidants. Brew for too long, and the tannin molecules can make the tea taste bitter.
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Milk should be added at the last possible moment before drinking, so the tea stays as hot as possible. Also, ensure to use freshly boiled water as it helps the flavours spread through the liquid.

Non-diary milk such as oat milk tends to add a good flavour to teas.

Tea tastes best in cups from inert materials like ceramic or glass. Styrofoam cups are porous and will absorb some of the flavour compounds and affect the taste. Plastics can also absorb flavours.

There is also psychology involved in the way we perceive taste. Hot drinks taste sweeter in a red or orange mug, and drinking from a fine bone china cup will taste better because it feels more special.

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