Appendix A. Making a Good Cup of Tea

 

I’m not a connoisseur.

I actually drink the stuff.

 
 --Me

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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