The Art of Tea

Juzno:  A few points that you need to be aware of in making a proper cup of tea.

Rob: Tell me.

Juzno:  The water must not be reboiled before it is poured into the teapot. The process is a chemical reaction which requires oxygen in the water and reboiled water does not have oxygen in sufficient quantity.

Rob: So is the chemical reaction over time essential?

Juzno: Yes, when you pour the water onto the tea leaves, caffeine begins to be produced -  which gives the feel good factor. But after about 3 mins tannin starts to be produced -  which gives the bitter taste of stewed tea.

Rob: I think the best tea is brewed between 3 and 4 minutes.  So you think we should add in milk before or after the tea?

Juzno:  It was considered common to put the milk in first and posh to put the milk in after.  I drink my tea without milk anyway.

Rob:  Have you tried it with lemon?

Juzno:  Yeah.  It didn't go well with milk.



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