How to Make Tea – Our Guide to Making The Perfect Cup of Tea


This may seem like an odd topic, as surely anyone can manage to make a cup of tea, right?  Well, if you have ever been to another country where tea is not quite the tradition that it is here in Britain, then you will have experienced first-hand some inept tea making.  However it has come to our attention that it is rife all over the globe, and even here in Britain.

In all seriousness, Plymouth Tea is a high quality tea, and we want you to get the best out of it.  So behold - our guide on How to Make Tea!


  • First things first, to make the perfect cup of tea, we have to get the ingredients right.  A large part of the tea is the water it is made from, so you will want to run the tap just a little to let any deposits run through and to aerate the water.  If you live in a hard water area, you may wish to consider filtering your water first to get the best taste before boiling.
  • The best tea is made in a teapot, so use a small amount of your boiled water to swill around the inside of the pot, removing any small particles of debris or dust and warming the pot ready for use.  You can even do this with your cups too.
  • Generally speaking, you will want to use one teabag per two people, however if you like your tea quite strong you can put in more than this.  Any less will result in weak tea with very little flavour.
  • Now you may add your freshly boiled water to the teapot to make the tea.  Simply stir once and leave to sit for 4-5 minutes depending on how strong you require your tea.
  • Now you may pour your tea.  There is some argument as to how to do this, with both milk first and milk second advocates having merit to their arguments.  We prefer to get around this by serving the tea in the pot, with a small jug of full fat or semi skimmed milk and sugar in a pot, allowing our guests to serve themselves according to their own preference.


Don’t forget to offer your guest a biscuit or cake where possible as this is a most pleasant accompaniment to the fine cup of tea you have just masterfully served!

We hope that our guidelines have proved unnecessary, and that you already follow all of these steps as a matter of course, but we understand that as busy people you don’t always have the time for a full tea service.  Not to worry; our Plymouth Tea will taste wonderful even if you skip a few of the steps listed above as it is designed to have a robust flavour and great depth.  If you can spare a few moments though, we wholeheartedly recommend following the full procedure outlined in our How to Make Tea guide to really get the best out of your Plymouth Tea and make your teabreak a really special ceremony to be savoured.


How do you make your tea?  We’d love to hear how you make your special cuppa!  Why not let us know onTwitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest?

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  • Ross Taylor