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Perfect Tea in 6 Steps!

Teapot with picture of the sun on it, awaiting some tea.

A Sunny Outlook for a Fine Drink

Looking for the perfect cuppa? Follow our guide for the perfect brew…

1. Fill your kettle with freshly-drawn water

Only freshly-drawn water can bring out the full range of notes and flavours in your tea. It goes without saying that the water should be cold when you decant it into the kettle.

2. Pre-warm your teapot

A cold teapot is a terrible thing; use the first set of boiling water to scald your teapot and bring it back to life. Chipped mugs and handle-less crockery have no place at a refined table. Ensure your china is clean and in keeping with the season.

3. Add tea and boiling water to teapot

Select your finest tea leaves and allow one teaspoon per person, plus one for the pot. As soon as the kettle comes to the boil (not a moment before, not a moment after), carefully pour the water into the teapot. Ensure you do not allow any tea leaves to swill too far up the inside of the teapot, or, heaven forfend, out of the teapot.

4. Leave to steep to perfection

How long to allow your tea to brew has been debated for centuries. but science has supplied us with a definitive answer. Ignore the boffins at your peril! Add a modest amount of milk to the teacups. Not enough milk and your china may suffer from tea taint. Too much milk and you may as well be drinking dishwater. Be prudent with your portions.

5. Pour the tea (without spilling)

The moment has almost arrived, but steady your hand so you can pour bold and true; aim for a steady, steaming stream and direct it around the lower inside of the teacup. Do not overfill the cup or spill even a drop into the saucer.

6. Enjoy!

Perfection awaits! Now you may reward yourself with the finest of brews, the pinnacle of taste, the tincture of the gods. You deserve this, so take a moment to relish your achievements.

Elephant's tea party with an elephant and two men from March 1939

Elephant’s tea party

Image Credits

Image 1: Teapot photo taken by M. Higgins, used with permission; April 2016

Image 2: From Flickr;; Elephant’s tea party, Robur Tea Room, 24 March 1939, by Sam Hood and posted by; No known copyright; retrieved April 2016

Top 5 Tea Brands

Blue pottery teapot decorated with stylized brown flowers on a brown wooden table

A gift from Grandma

Exhaustive Research Conducted

After extensive research—and based on 70+ years of combined expertise—UFV’s ABT faculty have determined the top five tea brands available in Canada. An estimated one million cups of tea were consumed to bring this important information to light. (Two faculty, 70+ years, approximately 4 cups/day—highly valid data!)

  1. Tetley
  2. Dilmah
  3. Twinings
  4. Bigelow
  5. Red Rose

Health Benefits Revealed

While the two faculty members are experts in all tea types (e.g., black, white, green, oolong), only black tea was considered for this top tea brands list. Black tea has been shown to have excellent health benefits, as evidenced by numerous studies. Reduced rates of various forms of cancer, as well as increased feelings of well-being, were observed. In his Brain Bulletin #32, international speaker and brain expert Terry Small notes that “drinking tea soaks your brain in antioxidants, potentially slowing down brain decline.” These health benefits are excellent reasons for people to increase their tea consumption.

Plus it tastes good.

Image Credits

Teapot: Taken by C. Nehring, used with permission; April 2016