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A guide on making the perfect cup of tea

Place teabag in cup, switch on kettle, water boils… Making a cup of tea is hardly rocket science! But having said that, there are a few basic steps you can follow to ensure you get the best out of your cuppa. Below is a guide which may prove useful.

About the Kettle

First and foremost, use a well-maintained, clean kettle. Water contains minerals and lime scale can build up quickly. Make sure that you de-scale and rinse your kettle thoroughly and regularly especially if you live in a hard water area. For details on how to do this, see our ‘getting the best out of your stainless steel kettle’ page. The same rules for internal care apply to all kettles.

About the Water

If your water tastes good, you’re halfway there. Tap water is absolutely fine but filtered water can be better as it has a high amount of oxygen circulating throughout. Try to avoid using distilled or previously boiled water. Kettles just prefer pure water!

Timing is Everything

Whether you’re using a teapot or a single cup, wait 2-3 minutes for the tea to brew. A good tip to ensure the water stays hot during this time is to place a small plate on top of your cup. This will trap the heat and ensure you get a steaming hot cup of tea every time. And, of course, be careful not to burn yourself with hot or boiling water.

Herbal and Speciality Teas

Herbal and specialty teas are growing in popularity due to their natural health benefits. These are nearly always caffeine free and high in antioxidants. Though most teas brew when boiling water is used, many of the finer teas taste better at lower temperatures.

The Russell Hobbs Glass Touch kettle has been designed to get the very best out of specialty and herbal teas. It boils water to six different temperatures ranging from 60 to 100 degrees Centigrade – so whatever type of tea you choose to drink you can ensure optimum flavour every time.

Likewise, the Russell Hobbs Therma Select is another great water kettle for herbal and specialty teas. It boils water in stages of 5 degrees Centigrade, which is ideal for Fine Japanese tea through to White and Black teas.

Try keeping some of these simple tips in mind, and the next time you go to make a brew you’ll be saying to yourself… Ahh now that’s a good cup of tea!

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