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Did you know that leaving a tea bag to brew is known as ‘steeping’? Do you use tea bags or do you prefer loose leaf tea? Us Brits are a nation of tea lovers and it has been estimated we consume 165 million cups of tea a day! Read on for our helpful guide on how to make the perfect cup. 
Should I use a teapot? 
As creators of personalised tea pots, we’re bound to say that we prefer tea made in a pot (and you’d be right!). We far prefer the taste from a freshly made infusion made using a teapot. It is always a good idea to run the tap to let the water get nicely aerated for maximum flavour. The space within the teapot will allow the tea to infuse properly and we recommend brewing for 3-4 minutes (with tea cosy added too), for the perfect flavour. 
 
 
Don’t get us wrong, sometimes we have to resort to using a mug and a teabag, but for the best flavour it has to be a teapot and some lovely loose-leaf tea which goes down a treat. Our personal favourite is Tiptree English Breakfast 
 
Should I warm the teapot first? 
Yes! There is a very good (and very practical) reason for warming the teapot first. Warming the teapot before adding the tea helps to keep the brewed tea hot for longer. Similarly, we love to use a tea cosy as it really does help to keep the tea hotter for longer. This is essential if you have a teapot which has more than a one-cup capacity. 
 
If using bags, how many should I add for the number of people or size of teapot? 
Add two tea bags to a regular teapot or one tea bag to a mini teapot. If you’re using loose tea, add one teaspoon per person, and one for the pot. Pour the hot (not quite boiling) water in and stir a bit. Cover the teapot in a tea cosy, and leave to brew for 3-4 minutes, depending on the desired strength. 
 
Milk or tea first? 
This is an interesting debate, almost as lively as the scone debate about cream or jam first which apparently depends on whether you are an advocate of the Devonian method (cream first) or a follower of the Cornish method (jam first). 
Our humble opinion is that milk should be poured after tea. That way you are able to judge the strength of the tea by its colour and aroma and so can then add milk to taste. 
 
Tea bags versus loose leaf 
This is down to personal preference. Tea bags are convenient and easy to dispose of (they also remove the need to dispose of loose-leaf leftovers). Loose leaf tea gives you greater options to vary the strength of tea (or, if you’re feeling quite adventurous, you could create your very own blend to suit your taste). There is, however, the minor inconvenience of disposing of the tea leaves, which brings us nicely onto: 
 
Are used tea bags and tea leaves useful for anything? 
There are some useful ways to make use of your old tea bags and tea leaves. You could rebrew used bags in a bucket of water and use the resulting weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungal infections. Alternately, open up used tea bags and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of your plants to fertilize the soil and deter garden pests like mice. You can also add previously-brewed tea bags to your compost pile for a boost of nutrients. Add used tea bags to warm water and soak your feet to neutralize foot odours, soften calluses, and nourish your skin. 
 
 
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