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Tea basics: tips to make a quality brew at home

Tea basics: tips to make a quality brew at home

We all love a cuppa from time to time, don’t we? It is common knowledge in the UK that no conflict or issue cannot be resolved by sitting down and enjoying a nice cup of tea. However, we all envision the contents of our mug to be slightly different and this in its own right, can cause conflict.


There are many ways to enjoy a cup of tea. Which shade are you?

Do you like your tea black? Sugar, one spoonful or two? And that's not to mention milk. “Just a splash of milk, please”, they say. But how much is a splash? How strong do you want it? Does that look about right to you? These are all questions we’ve had or pondered as we look down into our mugs wondering if this brew will cut it or if we have made too many assumptions.

What makes a good cup of tea?

The Internet to the rescue! Fear not, a short Google search will show you the three most important things to consider when making a mug of tea (and yes some people may actually need this). Once you have these three skills down then you will be able to make anyone their favourite cup of tea.

  1. Leaf to water ratio
  2. Water temperature
  3. Infusion time

Of course, a cup of tea is nothing without the mug that it’s in! At Mclaggan, we've been producing mugs for over 40 years, so we know a thing or two about what kind of mug is perfect for your cup of tea. So, why not enjoy a cup of tea with a Mclaggan mug of the highest quality ... or should that be koala-tea? For mugs like this and more, visit our online shop.

For more information on How to brew tea click on the link to BBC Good Food or why not enjoy the “My proper tea” sketch by the comedian Doc Brown.

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