Appendix A. Making a Good Cup of Tea


I’m not a connoisseur.

I actually drink the stuff.


Basics of Making Tea

Most of the world knows how to make tea, but there is at least one major industrialized nation in which the preparation of a decent cup of tea is a lost art. These are very basic guidelines for the uninitiated, covering black tea in particular.

  • Use loose tea; avoid teabags. Your best bet is to find a good tea shop with knowledgeable staff. If you live in the US, you may have to look online.

  • Use a good teapot. A mostly-spherical ceramic pot is a good place to start. Make sure that the lid won’t fall out when you pour.

  • Warm the teapot by filling it with hot water.

  • Bring fresh aerated water to a full boil. Just before it reaches boiling, empty ...

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