The perfect cup of tea

Ah, the perfect cup of tea. A wonderful thing, if you can get it right. Orwell had 11 rules for his tea, it seems. How do you take yours?


I stumbled across[1]George Orwell‘s essay A Nice Cup of Tea the other day. It’s a fascinating read for the dedicated tea drinker, in which George lists eleven points in making the perfect cuppa. Eleven! Who’d have thought making a cup of tea was so complicated?

Some of his rules are pretty standard – always warm the pot, water should be boiling (not boiled) and so on, but he does raise the age-old question of tea or milk first. Our George favours the tea-first approach. Do you agree?

He even has an opinion on what type of cup to use.

one should drink out of a good breakfast cup — that is, the cylindrical type of cup, not the flat, shallow type. The breakfast cup holds more, and with the other kind one’s tea is always half cold before one has well started on it.

It really is…

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Author: dave

writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, bookworm and stationery geek. Doing fun things with digital.

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