How to Make a Good Cup of Tea: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Good Cup of Tea: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Good Cup of Tea: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

A good tea is not just a cup of hot water. Infused with romance and ritualism, the drink has a history that goes from the traditional and silent tea ceremonies to colonial imperialism, through the transformation of Boston Bay into a giant kettle, unfit for consumption.


Part 1 of 3: Making the Initial Preparations

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 1

Step 1. Start with water

Whether you choose to use sachets or leaves, water is the second most important ingredient in tea. If it has any strange chlorine, iron or sulfur taste, for example, the drink will be unpalatable and smell horrible. Fill a kettle with a cup (250 ml) of fresh water. You can even use tap water if you like, but a really good cup of tea should be brewed with filtered or mineral water. Never use distilled or previously boiled water. The more oxygen there is in the water, the better the tea will be.

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 2

Step 2. Turn on the kettle

If you don't have an electrical appliance, put an ordinary kettle on the fire. The important thing is to heat the water.

Step 3. Boil the water

Wait for the kettle to squeak or switch off automatically.

If you want, wait a little for the water to cool down. Some teas are brewed with boiling water, while others should be brewed at slightly lower temperatures. Try both versions to find out how your tea works best

Step 4. Wash the cup with boiling water

Part 2 of 3: Infusing

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 5

Step 1. Place the bag or loose leaves into the cup

If you opted for leaves, use a teaspoon per cup. You can also use an infuser if you prefer, but don't change the amount of leaves.

Put the milk in the cup if you like to drink tea with milk. Some people say that milk should be added before the hot water, while others prefer to let the tea steep in pure water and then add the ingredient

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 6

Step 2. Add water

Turn the water inside the cup and fill it 4/5 of the way. Leave room for milk if desired.

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 7

Step 3. Leave the tea to brew

Wait between three and five minutes for the water to taste the tea well. The exact time will vary depending on the type of herb and the recommended preparation time.

  • Green tea should be infused for approximately one minute.
  • To make black tea, wait between three and six minutes.
  • Leave the tea to steep for six to eight minutes if you are making oolong.
  • Herbal teas usually need eight to 12 minutes of brewing.
  • Do not increase the brewing time to make the tea stronger. Instead, increase the amount of herbs.

Part 3 of 3: Serving tea

Step 1. Remove the tea bag with a spoon

Throw it away or recycle it if you prefer.

To sweeten the tea, turn a spoon of sugar or honey into the cup and stir well

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 9

Step 2. Drink it slowly to enjoy the flavor

Try serving the drink with a plate of biscuits or a piece of cake.

Make a Good Cup of Tea Step 10

Step 3. Ready


  • Try varying the infusion time before adding milk.
  • Water can also be heated over a fire, in a pot, or in an old-fashioned kettle, the kind that whistles loudly when the water starts to boil.
  • Slowly pour the water over the tea bag. This way, most of the water will pass directly through the herbs, reducing the time required for infusion.
  • If you prefer to drink tepid rather than hot tea, prepare the drink with boiling water and let it cool on its own, or add a few ice cubes to the cup. Teas infused with warm water are extremely weak.
  • Put the herbs in the water before boiling it to make a decoction, or boiled tea. The drink is extremely strong and is usually taken with a lot of sugar. Remember, though, that it's not to everyone's taste.
  • Sip tea with biscuits or cake.
  • Do not let green tea steep for more than two minutes. Over time, the herbs become saturated, making the drink bitter.
  • If you don't have an electric kettle and need to boil the water in the microwave, leave it in the oven for one to two minutes on high power and let it cool down before making the tea.
  • The tea bags offer several opportunities for you to play with a taste of the drink:

    • If you have an espresso machine, try putting the bag inside the metal container of the appliance. The tea will pass instantly, without you having to wait for the brew.
    • Shake the teabag in the cup after a few minutes if you can hold it by the string. The drink will taste or smell stronger.
  • If you prefer tea leaves, just be patient to discover an infinite variety of flavors:

    • Try combining different leaves, but with similar tastes, or buy teas of different brands and qualities. (Most of the most famous English brands carry the names of the families that created the mixture.)
    • In the past, English grandmothers would put apple peels inside wooden tea boxes and wait a few months to leave the leaves with the taste of the fruit. After preparing the tea, they also added a dash of cinnamon.
    • When preparing a tea with leaves, boil the water and turn it over the herbs in a pot. Then empty the teapot and refill it with boiling water, in a double infusion. This is a traditional method from the east, used to remove impurities from the leaves.
  • Familiarize yourself with the type of tea you are going to make. Most teas should not be brewed with boiling water. Also, depending on the herb, you may need to use a certain proportion of water and tea (especially if you're making powdered tea) or wait a longer or shorter time to complete the brew.


  • Do not put milk and lemon in the same tea. Otherwise, the milk can curdle.
  • Don't overdo sugar or honey if you are a diabetic. Instead, try products like agave nectar, which lower the glycemic content of the drink without altering the taste.
  • Taste the tea carefully. Burning your mouth can be painful and damage the taste buds, making the tea taste harder to taste.
  • Do not cook tea in an electric kettle.
  • Don't let the tea get too cold.
  • Carefully turn the water inside the cup so you don't get burned by the steam.
  • If you drink tea for health reasons, such as to increase your consumption of epigallocatechin gallate, do not add milk to the drink, as casein inhibits the substance's action. To make tea creamier, use soy, almond, wheat milk or any other non-animal substitute.

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