Heed George Orwell’s Tea-Making Advice

by Rachel Baker on February 2, 2015

Yesterday, my mom gave me two different kinds of tea. One is a wonderful ginger/lemongrass and the other is a blackberry blend. I brewed a cup of the ginger/lemongrass when I sat down to do my work this afternoon. Its definitely yummy; but I couldn’t help but wonder what the right way to make a decent cup of tea?

I found this article below that says I should definitely follow George Orwell’s advice rather than Yoko Ono’s. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and proceed to read.

Read the Article: How To Make a Decent Cup of Tea

Just after World War II, during a period of acute food rationing in England, George Orwell wrote an article on the making of a decent cup of tea that insisted on the observing of 11 different “golden” rules. Some of these (always use Indian or Ceylonese—i.e., Sri Lankan—tea; make tea only in small quantities; avoid silverware pots) may be considered optional or outmoded. But the essential ones are easily committed to memory, and they are simple to put into practice.

If you use a pot at all, make sure it is pre-warmed. (I would add that you should do the same thing even if you are only using a cup or a mug.) Stir the tea before letting it steep. But this above all: “[O]ne should take the teapot to the kettle, and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours.” This isn’t hard to do, even if you are using electricity rather than gas, once you have brought all the makings to the same scene of operations right next to the kettle.

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