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How to make a British cup of tea

So there is a viral video on TikTok showing an American woman making a British cup of tea. Except it isn’t. She uses a microwave to make a tepid revolting travesty that does not even begin to equate to the Great British cuppa.
Matthew is now 10 so I decided it was time to teach him how to make tea. If you want to join him then you will need a cup, a tea bag, a kettle with water, milk and sugar to taste, and a teaspoon.

  1. Boil water in a kettle (only boil the amount required to save energy) Do not use a microwave!
  2. Put tea bag in cup and when kettle has switched off, pour water into cup
  3. Leave the tea to brew for 3 minutes.
  4. Dunk the tea bag with a spoon and then squidge against the side of the cup to maximise flavour before removing
  5. Add milk and sugar to taste. I’m vegan so no longer use milk, and haven’t had sugar in drinks since I started work as a dental nurse 18 years ago.
  6. Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes depending on personal preference and then drink and enjoy!
I even captured Matthew’s first attempt on video:


  1. I’ve always regretted that I didn’t like hot tea, because I’d love to have more variety of hot drinks especially in cold weather. But it could be that I haven’t been making it right. I’ll give this a try. I can’t have caffeine due to heart rhythm issues, but there are a number of caffeine-free varieties these days.

  2. Hi I’m a new blogger and it’s great to see a UK blog – in Wales a cup of tea is a ‘panad’ which is exclusively for tea, it’s short for ‘cwpanad’ which is a cup, but a coffee is always panad o coffi! 🙂

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  4. Oh getting it right is vital! I personally love when it is scalding hot. My husband prefers his when the tea has cooled down a bit so we differ a bit there. But the brewing process has to be done correctly. Well done for righting this wrong! #globalblogging

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