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How to make the perfect cup of tea

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A cup of English Breakfast Tea can be served as an accompaniment to a hearty English breakfast, as a central component of high tea, or simply enjoyed on its own for a satisfying moment of calm. The perfect cup of tea can be made in just ten, simple steps:-
What you'll need: 
1 rounded teaspoon of loose English Breakfast Tea per cup + 1 for the pot! (or use an equivalent number of tea bags)
Fresh, semi-skimmed milk
Water (see tips below)
An electric kettle
A teapot (with lid)
A tea strainer (when using loose tea)
A milk jug
Several teaspoons
China cups and saucers
1: 
Pour some milk into the milk jug and leave out of the fridge to ease it towards room temperature
2: 
Fill the kettle with enough fresh water for the total number of cups you require and start heating up the water
3: 
When the water has boiled, pour a very small amount of water into the teapot. Carefully swill the water around the teapot for approximately 10 seconds to warm the pot, and then pour away
4: 
Spoon the loose tea into the teapot
5: 
Allow the water in the kettle to come to the boil again and then pour into the teapot
6: 
Stir the tea and water together in the teapot, replace the lid and leave the tea to brew for approximately 5 minutes
7: 
Remove the teapot lid, stir briefly and then replace the lid
8: 
Place the tea strainer over one of the cups and pour the brewed tea through it. Repeat for each of the cups.
9: 
Add milk to each cup according to taste and stir with a clean teaspoon
10: 
Enjoy your perfect cup of tea!
Tips: 
If living in a hard water area, tap water should be softened first using a Brita filter jug. The use of soft water will not only improve taste, but will prevent an oily residue from forming on the surface of the drink.
Always always use fresh water, instead of re-boiling water that has been sitting in the kettle. Fresh, oxidised water will add a fresh, clean taste to your tea.
Warnings: 
Always take extra care when using boiling water

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