Teabags, how long should they stay in for?
Earl Grey – five dunks, no milk, made in a cup (think it was the Goodies actually)
Darjeeling – one minute, no milk, made in a cup
Green tea – one minute, no milk, timed, made in a cup
Yorkshire tea – three minutes, milk, made in a teapot, normally two or three bags and I drink it by the pint.
In the unlikely event that I make a single cup of ordinary tea without a teapot, it’s normally a minute with milk added afterwards. Never add a teabag to milky boiled water, it won’t be hot enough to release the flavors.Posted 7 years agofloatMember
boiled water to cup, add teabag and stir untill the colour doesnt look like its going much darker (when stirring its important not to aggitate the teabag, just stir and let it diffuse). take bag out without squashing it against the side. add milk and sugar to taste. prop’r job 🙂Posted 7 years agospacemonkeyMember
2-4 mins depending on bag strength. Any less and it’s just hot milk – any more and it’s a bitter tannin-tainted turn-off.
Still trying to find the perfect cuppa. Sampled some DJ Miles last year and that pretty much took pole position, however, I’m sure the water in different parts of the country can really impact on flavour and strength. Up north, we can brew an average-strength bag and get a proper full-on flavour, but darn sarf we have to faff around to make anything worthwhile.
An order into DJ Miles might well be in the offing …Posted 7 years ago
I normally add freshly boiled water to the bag, give it a good few mashes and remove about 15-30 seconds later when its the right colour. Then a splash of milk.
Guys at work do milk first and then let it stew for 5 minutes…its ok but doesn’t have that fresh taste.
Might give the 3 minute version with no squashing a go this morning 🙂
Sometimes use loose tea in the pot but I think I prefer the teabag method.
Loddrik, why don’t you set a challenge to one of the unhappy tea recipients to convert you to tea. I drink both tea and coffee, I reckon you appreciate each better. Coffee is too strong to drink all day, but sometimes tea is a bit plain. And don’t automatically add a spoon of sugar like you might do with coffee, tea isn’t bitter so why add it?!Posted 7 years agoluked2Member
3 minutes? Too much to do to wait that long. Tea bag in. Boiling water on. Count slowly to ten. Squeeze out tea bag. Add milk. Usually fine if the water was really boiling. Unless it’s the weekend of course.
EDIT: That’s with those Tetley’s triangular bags. Does it make a difference, or is it all just hype? Who knows.Posted 7 years agosuperfastjellyfishSubscriber
Might try brewing for 3 mins as i’ve always used Yorkshire tea.
Perfect cuppa = (T + V) + (H20 @ ( 98.5°c) 2mins + S + oSt
Is the Formula i’ve always used (form http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=92708 ) but it does seem hit and miss.
Sugar?Posted 7 years ago
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