There’s One Thing We All Do That Ruins The Perfect Cup Of Tea

by : Tom Percival on : 20 Mar 2017 17:03

Here in Britain there are few things more important than a cup of tea, in fact I’d go so far as to say that aside from moaning about queues and the weather there’s nothing more important to us Brits.


But despite this borderline addiction to piping hot tea a lot of us are apparently ruining the taste of the nation’s favourite drink, The Telegraph reports.

Or at least that’s the claim of a tea expert William Gorman who’s the chairman of the Tea and Infusions Association which is possibly my favourite job title ever.


Gorman claims that a basic mistake that people make is not refilling the kettle every time and instead reboiling the same water throughout the day.


In an interview with the Telegraph Gorman claimed that repeatedly boiling the same water strips it of oxygen and nitrogen dulling the taste of the beverage.

But while that sounds reasonable Gorman hasa far more controversial belief…

Gorman says that rather than making a fresh brew from already boiled water we’ be better off just microwaving our cold forgotten cup of tea.

He said: 

Usually when people’s tea goes cold they reboil the kettle and make another cup. But doing this you are guaranteed to give yourself a dull cup of tea. You need freshly drawn water for a good cup because reboiling it takes out all the oxygen and nitrogen out of it.

A better solution is to put it in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. When you microwave tea all you’re doing is from a scientific point of view is just moving the molecules around and getting it back up to a decent temperature. It is not impacting the flavour at all.

Bet you’re glad you know the perfect way to make a brew now…

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Food


The Telegraph
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