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Making The "Perfect" Cup of Tea

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Making The "Perfect" Cup of Tea

  1. The ‘Perfect’ Cup of Tea John Sutherland sneeu.com BarCampBrighton 2007
  2. Overview • Introduction: myself & tea • Ingredients • Method • Finish-up
  3. Introduction
  4. Who? • John Sutherland • john@sneeu.com • sneeu.com
  5. Explain • Edinburgh • Web-developer • Why tea? • Now
  6. Authority • “The best cup of tea in The Highlands”
  7. History • 1000s BC: Magic & myth in China • 1660: King Charles II • 1750: National drink • 1775: Tea taxes, American War of Independence • 1840: Afternoon tea • 1894: First tea-shop
  8. Global • Tea available everywhere • Only in Britain do we make good tea
  9. Why? • We make good tea • We could make great tea
  10. Ingredients
  11. Cup • Good size • No flowers • Good handle • Ergonomic design • Maintains heat
  12. Cup • Good size • No flowers • Good handle • Ergonomic design • Maintains heat
  13. My favourite mug
  14. Pot • Good • Brew tea, add milk • More tea • Share with friends • Three types
  15. Type 1 • Loose leaves • Sieve to catch before pouring into cup
  16. Type 2 • Holds loose tea • No need to sieve • Press tea to avoid stewing
  17. Tea-press
  18. Type 3 • Hot water • Tea bag • Metal pot • Marginally better than no pot
  19. Preparation • Warm the pot: • Swill hot water around; or • Microwave hot water in pot
  20. Tea • Brought up on Tetley • Early grey: British, flowery • Fruit tea: hangovers (along with jelly)
  21. Bags • Great for making a single cup of tea • Great for lazy people
  22. Brew, Don’t Stew • 3-5 minutes • Less: watery tea, or worse: milky-water • More: bitter & grey tasting
  23. Colour • Think red • Opaque is bad • Greyscale: somehting went wrong
  24. Water • Fresh water is essential • Soft-water • Boiling (not boiled and definitely not re- boiled) • Infusion, not wet leaves • Go to the kettle
  25. Milk • Fresh is best, of course • Semi-skimmed: a personal preference • Full-fat: also acceptable • Skimmed: no • UHT: no!
  26. Adding Milk • Before • Doesn’t scald • Tastes “better” • Takes time to master • After • Easier to vary colour
  27. Sugar • Sugar: fuck off • You’re not tasting the tea • A challenge • Make sure it’s stirred in if you must
  28. Accompaniments • Biscuits • Fry-up • Friends
  29. Method (We’re almost done)
  30. Cup • Bag in • Boiling water in • Brew: 3-5 minutes • Milk in • Squeeze bag against side, remove & bin • Stir
  31. Pot • • Get friends Press tea • • Warm pot Pour through sieve onto milk • Add leaves • Enjoy • Boiling water in • Brew 3-5 minutes • Milk in favourite mugs
  32. That’s it Go forth and make great tea
  33. Thanks! http://sneeu.com/

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