How to make a perfect Cuppa? The Assi mile wali Chai?

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  1. turbo99i

    turbo99i RAID Rookie

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    All those Tea aficionados out there kindly share your experience how you make a perfect cup of tea, your cup of tea. I'm not asking Design of experiment to kick off, but simple rules of making a great cup of tea.

    Questions are -
    Use of water - Tap or mineral or Distilled i.e. soft or hard?
    Boil it? How long?
    Add Tea leaf, how much?
    Brew it? or boil it with tea?
    Add milk, when? During the boil or after the boil?
    Cold milk or hot?
    Boil the sugar in it or add after?
    Sugar free? When to add?
    Fat free semi skimmed or Full bodied?
    Which milk is better? or no milk at all?
    Spice it up?
    Ceramic cup, Glass, earth or polystyrene?
    Patti? Tata, Lipton, Taj or loose?

    When is the 1st perfect sip, filtered straight in mouth? 1 minute after? 5 minutes after or next morning?

    So far I have observed, add everything and boil it to death!
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    lol! I remember our tea sessions! Lol'ed at the last line!!

    I prefer the instant kind.

    So its -

    - Mineral water in electric kettle
    - Coffee creamer, or Nescafe dairy creamer ( i prefer coffee creamer ) in cup
    - Little to no sugar ( prefer fine, not the ugly coarse crystals )
    - 2 bags of tea, one regular, one masala ( remember having it on the trip?? )
    - Mix, and keep for 2-3 minutes.
    - Then have with newspaper ( not eat it, read it and sip tea! )

    Damn, I'm getting up to make a cup of tea now!
     
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    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    1. Water from the RO, 1 cup
    2. As soon as it starts boiling, add grated ginger
    3. Let is boil for a minute or so
    4. Add 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    5. Add 1 teaspoon of Darjeeling + Taj tea
    5. Let it boil for a minute
    6. Add preheated fresh single toned milk
    7. Sieve and serve in a ceramic cup
     
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    turbo99i RAID Rookie

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    In support of the argument above, here is how best to dunk biscuits in tea -
    Fisher calculated that the average pore diameter in a biscuit is equal to four times the viscosity of the tea, multiplied by the height the liquid rises squared, divided by the surface tension of the tea, multiplied by the length of time the biscuit is dunked. - Dr Len Fisher
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Okay you lost me after the pore diameter bit!

    The wifey just prepared a steaming hot cup of tea.. and I am enjoying with milk rusk, dunking it straight into the tea, vertically downwards!
     
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    1. (Half Cup of Water + Add two tea spoons on tea) Boil it.

    2. Add milk after tea + water starts to bubble. Turn down the temperature to mid.

    3. Let milk + tea + water mix. Stir.

    4. Add sugar. Keeping stirring.

    5. Boil it up a couple of times.


    Filter and serve :)
     
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  7. turbo99i

    turbo99i RAID Rookie

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    Mmm , sounds great. Can't wit to try it!


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    Apologies for such a delayed response.I should have been here earlier.
    Nevertheless, I am here now.

    So here goes my cup of tea. And I like it only 'my way'

    Answers given in the order in which questions have been asked
    1. We get Bisleri here. So soft / mineral water.
    2. I use an electric kettle to boil the water. So let the kettle cut out when the water boils. Reboil the water if there is more than 30 seconds delay in adding the water to the mug in which all other ingredients have been added already. ( Tea should be hot enough to burn your lips and tongue )
    3. No tea leaves. I like my tea to be ready quickly. So tea bags it is. I use two tea bags ( as JD666 already mentioned ) - one of a normal flavour ( like tata tea, lipton yellow label ) and the other one has to be Tetley Masala.
    4. Add boiling water to the mug. Keep the tea bags dipped in for the first sip. After the first sip, if flavour is alright, remove the tea bags from the mug.
    5. No milk. Nestle Dairy Creamer. Added to the mug before adding boiling water.
    6. Not sure if I should warm up the creamer. Never tried it.
    7. Sugar - 1.5 spoonfuls of the spoon that is kept in our sugar container, added in the mug before the addition of the water.
    8. Milk? Its still the creamer.
    9. Still the creamer.
    10. Oh yes, no masala tea without the masala itself. Just a pinch of it is enough.
    11. Ceramic. We have a few of them. Small cups dont do it for me. I need mug-ful of tea.
    12. Tea bags, already mentioned.

    First sip comes usually right after settling down with the tea. I like my tea hot, so settling happens quickly.

    So my way is basically -
    Add water to the kettle and switch it on
    Wash the mug
    Add 1.5 spoonful of sugar, 1.5 spoonful of creamer ( this spoon is different in size ), a pinch of masala, a no flavour tea bag and a tetley masala tea bag.
    Add water right away after boiling
    Stir. And dont delay the sipping.

    4 minutes and the tea is served.
     
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    turbo99i RAID Rookie

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    If I have to rate this response out of 10 Ill give 11, perfect!


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    Thank you, for your kind words.. But it was not that good a response. What is good, is the tea I prepare. So come over, enjoy the tea and then rate the response :happy:
     
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    turbo99i RAID Rookie

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    Ladies, Men and gentle other kinds, After almost year of hard research and spying on others the plot of makin a perfect cuppa thickens .... The secrets to that perfect cup is in adding a splash of milk first right over the tea bag and then slowly pour the boiling water not right over the tea bag. Let the tea brew for 3 minutes, squeeeeeeze 2-3 times and throw away the bag,
    Add a bit of more milk if needed....Wait for another min or two .... VoilĂ  you get what's called an uber brew
    Disclaimer: this research is conducted excluding the variable of sugar.


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