The BBC news of The World site is asking what is the best way to make a cup of tea.
These are my top tips…
1. Only enter the tea making space with good cheer and lightness of spirit. Annoyance and hurriedness may sour the liquid and result in spillages and splashes.
2. Ensure your tea pot has been pre-warmed and that the water you use comes from the sky or spring not the fluoride treatment plant.
3. Use tea leaves that speak to the imagination as well as the taste buds. e.g Some packaging has only the name and bar code but others will tell you some of the story of the region where the tea originated or of the family business and their commitment to their tea and its processing.
4.When you pour the boiling water over the leaves do so in a circular motion to evenly distribute the water rather than drown the leaves.
5. Whilst waiting for the tea to brew (or “mash” if you come from Hull smile emoticon ) ensure your cups are clean and, if you are using a strainer, that it does not have a build up of tannin.
6. When pouring the tea think about the lovely things in your life, the blessings you have and the loved ones who are no longer here but with whom you shared many a cuppa with in past years. This will bring the SpiritualiTea forth (however if you have only recently lost your loved one, perhaps avoid the remembering step in case you pour sorrow forth).
*The number of spoons of tea will vary according to the strength you prefer but generally the “one for each person and one for the pot” formula is a reliable one.
A touch of CreativiTea can be added by drinking out of cups and mugs that both delight and inspire you such as my brightly coloured Mandala tea cup that was given by a thoughtful friend recently. (Morgan and Finch – fabulous!).
At all times you should avoid drinking your tea out of a styrene cup as that is akin to drinking a fine wine out of a tomato soup can. Practical when camping but highly questionable from a SpiritualiTea perspective…
PS If you must use a tea bag rather than fresh leaves, make sure it has been certified as organic as there was most likely a chemical process used in turning the paper into a bag. At no time allow the tag to fall into the water as there is ink and print on that label.