How To Make A Perfect Cup Of English Tea

English Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Tea originated in China, possibly as a medicinal drink. It came to the West via Portuguese priests and merchants, who introduced it during the 16th century. Drinking tea became fashionable among Britons during the 17th century, who started large scale production and commercialization of the plant in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly at that time. (Thanks Wikipedia)



A Perfect Cup of Tea is made as follows:

1. Add 200ml of freshly boiled water to your tea bag (in a mug).
2. Allow the tea bag to brew for 2 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bag.
4. Add 10ml of milk.
5. Wait 6 minutes before consumption for the cuppa to reach its optimum temperature of 60 degrees centigrade.


I have also included a video on how to make a perfect cup of English tea. Enjoy!


  1. Grayeson
    January 10, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Just enjoyed a cup of peppermint tea

  2. Jacqueline Gum
    January 10, 2016 / 9:10 am

    This sounds so good right at this very moment! I’m off to make a perfect cup of tea now:) Hope you are feeling better!

  3. Meredith
    January 10, 2016 / 9:11 am

    This is so helpful! I usually don’t enjoy tea, but maybe I’ve been making it wrong all this time. I’ll try it your way next time. Thanks!

  4. Donna Janke
    January 10, 2016 / 9:12 am

    I drink a lot of different kinds of tea these day, but prefer all of them without milk. Years ago, between high school and university I worked in a diner. It wasn’t fancy. The food was basic but good. The owner was extremely particular about how her waitresses prepared tea for the customers. It was made in stainless steel mini-teapots. We had to warm the pot first with hot water before adding the teabag and then pour boiling water over the bag. I don’t warm the mug first when I make tea in a mug, but if I use my teapot, I still do, remembering her words.

  5. Lenie
    January 10, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Hi ChinWe – hope you are feeling much better now. I’m not a big tea drinker, my hubby is, but when I do enjoy a cup of tea I make it in a pre-warmed ceramic teapot and I never add milk. I think that is a British thing. My sister-in-law, who is English, always adds milk to hers but she also makes tea in a pot. To me there is something about tea that required a bit of a ceremony, hence the preheating and the ceramic pot.

  6. ken Dowell
    January 10, 2016 / 9:14 am

    I am much more of a coffee drinker but the video makes the tea look pretty enticing.

  7. Phoenicia
    January 10, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Nothing like a nice cup of tea to quench the thirst.
    I like my tea to brew for a few minutes – the stronger the better!

  8. Rosalind
    January 10, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Ah tea for us Brits is almost a religion. I have to say if you’re using a tea bag these days you only need 40 seconds, T-bag manufacturers have apparently developed the casing and the blend to maximise flavor in this length of time. If you’re using leaf tea it’s 3+ minutes to allow the health giving properties to infuse in the just boiling water without it stewing the taste. Like Lenie I was taught to brew tea in a pre-warmed china pot and pour into china cups. I was taught later that if you live in an area where the water is limey then milk goes in first to trap the lime at the bottom of the cup, making the Tea taste better. The reason milk was originally poured in after was a snob factor. Cheap china could crack (not so now) when you poured boiling water into it, so to show off how good your china was you served milk second. 🙂

  9. Adele Yuboco
    January 10, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I’m more of a coffee lover, but don’t mind a cuppa every now and then. A few of my Brit friends though told me that there are some that are meant to be taken with milk while some are meant to be taken with lemon. Is that right? 🙂

  10. Marquita Herald
    January 10, 2016 / 9:16 am

    Lovely and it reminded me of the times I’ve treated myself to High Tea for special occasions. I am much more of a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy tea from time to time so it’s nice to know how to prepare it properly.

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