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Stephen Twinings’ recipe for a perfect cup of tea
The perfect cup of tea needs water with plenty of dissolved oxygen, which transmits the flavour. Fill the kettle with fresh, cold water. Pour the water as soon as it boils – many modern kettles let the water boil for 15 seconds, which kills the oxygen.
Warm the teapot. When the kettle is half boiled, pour a few cupfuls into the empty teapot to heat it.
Let the tea brew. Teabags need three minutes; loose leaf and green tea needs five. The colour of the tea is deceptive – tea needs several minutes to develop its flavour and deliver antioxidant benefits.