Last week my good friend’s mother turned 80. Her family had a week of celebrations planned. One of the special events was an afternoon tea with many of the birthday girl’s friends.
When I heard I about the tea I immediately proclaimed, “Fabulous! And I can take the photos for you.” A moment of silence, then a quick recovery on my friends part, “Sure, you can come. Bring your camera.” Oops. Major faux pax. I had just invited myself to the afternoon tea. Big oops. Well, not really as it turned out. They were happy to have the event captured. What a gracious friend I have!
A few of the attendees knew my passion and profession and asked the inevitable etiquette questions. The most common question was how to make a proper cuppa.
A few simple steps to make the perfect cup of tea:
- Fill the kettle with cold water. You may want to consider bottled water if you have a strong mineral
- When the water is close to a boil, pour some into the teapot, swirl it around, an empty it through the spout.
- Add one teaspoon of tea plus “one for the pot” into a tea infuser or infusion basket.
- When the water reaches a rolling boil, take the teapot to the kettle and fill.
- Cover the teapot and steep. Black tea requires at least three minutes. Oolong may require seven minutes, green teas usually one minute.
I was also asked if I ever use teabags. Yes. Often.
Teabags, loose tea – the special part is sharing it with a friend.