How to make the perfect cup of tea

Who really knows what the ‘perfect cup of tea’ is? Look no further than a true Northern girl who is going to tell you just how to make it! After these top tips, you will look at making a cup of tea in a completely different light.

Firstly, tea absorbs smells and moisture. So if you’re about to fry up that greasy hangover breakfast, then make sure that your tea is sealed away in a good jar to keep it fresh! Leaving it in the cardboard box it’s bought in just won’t do.

Being a Northern girl living in London, the ‘hard water’ really makes a difference to the lime scale in the kettle. Make sure your kettle is lime scale free so you don’t have any floating flakes to spoil your morning cuppa!

Oxygen is key – we need it to survive and so does tea! To keep the oxygen pumping, always use fresh cold water from the kettle – you will taste a healthy, developed flavour! Remember - stale water makes for stale tea!

Once the kettle is boiled, pour in the water from a height – this increases the oxidation. 

Now, the real question is milk in first or water in first? I can reveal that the correct way is...

*drum roll please*

Water in first - Historically, the 'milk in first' rule was to protect the fine bone china it was served in. But milk in last is the perfect way to judge the strength of your tea too. Remember – you can add but you can’t take away!

I recommend that you allow the teabag to brew for two and a half to three minutes. This allows the flavour to fully develop. Give the tea a couple of stirs and then a gently squeeze with your spoon. After that add milk – slowly slowly, don’t overkill, or you will have a very white tea!

The final stage is to add your sugar, (if you’re not sweet enough) and then stir for a final time.

*The golden rule* wait 6 minutes before consuming for the cuppa to reach its optimum drinking temperature, (unless you want to burn your mouth!)

I’m not one to dip a biscuit in tea personally, I like it just as it is – but for those that like a cheeky treat, I advise the classic digestive or an all butter shortbread.

On that note, I’m going to make a cuppa!


Sophie Millington is a marketing professional, writer and performing arts fanatic! Working for Altitude London as a marketing executive, Sophie has responsibility for marketing for the ALTITUDE GROUP retail brands which includes Reels Millbank. Follow Sophie on Google Plus: