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In honour of London 2012’s Opening Ceremonies’ look at British history and culture — and what could be more British than black tea?
According to Northumbria University’s School of Life Sciences, the following steps are key to the perfect cup:
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Pour 200ml freshly boiled water on top of your tea bag (in a mug)
Always use fresh, cold water in the kettle, as it contains more dissolved oxygen — an important ingredient for great-tasting tea.
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Allow the tea to brew for two minutes
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Don’t be fooled by the colour of the water after 30 seconds of steeping … unless drinking hot, coloured water is what you were going for.
Remove the tea bag with a spoon
Cream is never put in tea in Britain, and many residents think adding sugar is absolutely barbaric!
In the U.S. and Canada, about 80% of all tea is consumed cold, in iced tea.
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Sit back and enjoy your perfect cup of tea
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Add 10ml of milk
WORLD TEA PRODUCTION
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Wait six minutes before drinking — optimum tea temperature is 60ºC
If you want stronger tea, add another tea bag. Your drink will be too bitter if left to infuse longer than two to three minutes.
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TYPES OF TEA
Except for herbal infusions, all tea is made from the Chinese Camellia Sinensis plant, a type of evergreen tree.
• Least processed • Made by steaming leaves, rolling them and drying them until crisp • Creates a green drink with a grassy ﬂavour
• Buds and leaves are withered in natural sunlight • Creates a pale yellow tea
• Very rare • Slow drying phase; damp leaves sit and yellow • Creates a yellow-green tea
• Leaves air blown, rolled to release juices (fermented) and dried • Creates a reddish-brown drink with strong taste
• Leaves partially fermented before dried • Creates a greenishbrown drink that tastes in between green and black
Sources: Twinings of London; Northumbria University; Wikipedia
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY