For most people, a cup of tea will do anytime. At breakfast, in mid-morning, during lunch break, in the afternoon, name it. As George Orwell – an English journalist and novelist – once said, tea is “one of the mainstays of civilization”.
Brewing a cup of tea is as easy as pouring a spoon of tea into a boiling cup of water or milk, or vice versa, right? Well, not quiet. As Orwell wrote, simple details like stirring the tea before pouring make a huge difference in the taste.
With all said, there is this one surprising mistake that most people make as William Gorman, chairman of the Tea and Infusions Association says: boiling the water more than once. Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr. Gorman said that re-boiling the water in the kettle drives out the oxygen and nitrogen in it, making your cup of tea “dull”.
Some people boil the water the second time to make a second cup while others do so because they forgot about the water after boiling it the first time. Whichever the case, you are spoiling your chances at a great cup of tea.
“Usually when people’s tea goes cold they reboil the kettle and make another cup,” Gorman said. “But doing this, you are guaranteed to give yourself a dull cup of tea.”
Instead of reboiling the water, he suggests putting it in the microwave for 15-20 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 flavor at all,” Gorman continued.
Share the news with your circle of friends, just in case they have been making a “dull” cup of tea as Mr. Gorman describes it.