Our Scientific Correctness Survey #22 (1998-07-11) asked:
What is the proper
way to make a cup of tea?
We received hundreds of responses. One of the more determined came
from investigator Richard Farmer, who insists that "the
traditional British method of making a good cup a tea" is:
- Boil and cool water in a kettle for a minimum of ten years,
never draining the water or cleaning the kettle. The kettle must
have a nice thick calcium ring inside the kettle, it retains
flavour and brings out the true taste of the tea.
- Purchase the absolutely cheapest brand of `floor dustings' tea.
This is the `finest' brand of tea, as it is very finely chopped
and has matured on the floor of a third world tea factory.
- Place on counter eight tea cups. In the first cup, place one
tea bag. Fill first cup with lukewarm water. Drain tea bag and
place in second cup and fill with lukewarm water. Continue until
- In eighth cup, pour either cream or milk, to ones desired level
of choice and same with sugar.
- Accidentally, spill tea into saucer, pour back into cup, repeat
- Let tea sit until cold.
- Throw out first seven cups of tea, it was only a filter to
remove the goodness of the tea bag.
- Drink, if needed, the cup of cold, weak tea.