Blog: The perfect cuppa

Catherine Sleep | 8 February 2005

I’ve always been ever so slightly intimidated when asked to make someone a cup of tea. Despite being British born and bred, I find tea revolting, but am nevertheless expected to know how to produce the perfect brew. And people can be extremely exacting when it comes to a cup of tea.

Now I need fear no longer, for my attention has been drawn to the British Standards Institution’s tea-making standard, more formally known as standard number BS 6008, “Method for Preparation of a Liquor of Tea for Use in Sensory Tests”.

BS 6008 helpfully specifies how many grams of tea should be used, and even includes provisions for making tea without milk. One to pin up by the kettle, methinks.

Phew.

Hot, steamy prose


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