Perfect Cup of Tea

READY IN: 7mins
Recipe by Charlotte J

I just watched this on Good Eats with Alton Brown

Top Review by French Tart

A good technique thanks Charlotte! I always use one teaspoon per person and one for the pot..........however, as I used a stong darjeeling tea this afternoon, I followed your instructions. I always warm the pot before adding the tea and water helps with brewing and heat retention! I served this with milk and sugar and also some teatime treats for some French neighbours! Thanks for posting the recipe, made for Tea Time in the Photo's Forum! Merci! FT:-)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 19.71 ml loose tea
  • 946.36 ml water


  1. Place loose tea leaves into a warmed tea kettle.
  2. Pour heated water over loose tea leaves.
  3. Let steep.
  4. Strain tea and serve.
  5. *Note: For Oolong and Green tea, water should simmer at 200 degrees F. and 180 degrees F.
  6. *For Irish and English tea bring water to a full boil.
  7. *Black tea should soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Oolong tea should soak for 4 to 7 minutes. Green Tea should soak for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. * If using cream pour this in the bottom of the cup before adding the tea.

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