A cup of tea is one of the simple things in life that makes me happy. I love a big mug of black tea without milk or sugar in the morning, perhaps a green tea during lunchtime and a cup of black tea with dessert after dinner. I also drink herbal teas like lemon and ginger, chamomile or jasmine when I’m feeling tired, stressed or sick. The simple act of brewing tea, in a teapot or with a teabag, is also therapeutic and relaxing in itself. There’s nothing more comforting than a steaming cup during a cold, rainy day or while tackling a tricky Excel spreadsheet at the office. I also love sharing a pot with my family (as we are Sri Lankan so we are heavy tea drinkers), my girlfriends (usually while debriefing after a ‘big’ night out!) and my boyfriend (who loves brewed tea more than ‘teabag’ tea).
So how does one make the perfect cup of tea?
Luckily, my boyfriend and I learned the art of making tea at the Ceylon Tea Trails tea factory tour in Sri Lanka.
For brewed tea using tea leaves:
1. Put 1 heaped teaspoon for the pot, and 1 teaspoon per person into your teapot. (So if you’re making tea for 2, you need 3 teaspoons).
2. Pour your freshly boiled water into the teapot. You need 220mls of water for each heaped teaspoon.
3. Stir it once and let the tea brew. There are usually instructions on the packet but as a general rule, let it brew for 3-5 minutes for black tea and 2 miutes for green, oolong and other infusions.
4. Stir it again and strain the tea into teacups.
For tea using teabags:
1. Pop a teabag per person into the teapot. Or if it’s just for you, put your teabag into a mug or teacup.
2. Pour the freshly boiled water into the teapot/mug. You need 220mls of water for each teabag.
3. Let the tea brew using the same rules as above or according to the instructions on the packet. Do not touch or move the teabag during this time, juts let it sit.
4. Stir it a little, and remove the teabags.
Finally, if you love tea as much as I do then you should really read The Tea Planter’s Wife’ by Dinah Jefferies. It’s a haunting, evocative and beautifully written story set in 1920s Ceylon in a location that sounds very similar to the Ceylon Tea Trails (where the author also stayed!).
I’m off to make a cup of tea. I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have a lovely week!