Make bad tea? Why would anyone want to do that? Well, to be honest, pointers on how to make bad tea are typically offered so that you’ll know what steps to avoid and will ultimately wind up with a good cup of tea. For it’s easier to make bad tea than good, it seems, to the point that for many people who claim that not to like tea it may simply be a matter of getting the formula right.
In his influential Book of Tea, Kakuzo Okakura said, “we have good and bad tea.” He referred to the words of the poet Lichilai who declared that one of the most deplorable things in the world was the “utter waste of fine tea through incompetent manipulation.” Amen to that.
But, as Okakura also said, “there is no single recipe for making the perfect tea.” It’s even fair to wonder if there’s such a thing as a perfect cup of tea. For those who seek to attain this lofty goal, keep in mind that there are really only four factors that contribute to a perfect (or good or bad, for that matter) cup of tea – water quality, water temperature, steeping time and the type and quality of tea.
If you are looking for a few pointers on the fine art of making bad tea, take a look at How To Make Bad Tea, from the Sexy Red-Headed Nuns site (no sex, redheads or nuns there, apparently).
Do the British have strong opinions about what constitutes a good or bad cup of tea? Yeah, probably. Beatrice Hatch goes so far as ranking the six worst countries in which she’s had tea. If you’ve tried green tea and you cant figure out why everyone makes such a fuss over it, you might need to brush up on The Top Ten Reasons Your Tea Didn’t Turn Out Green.
For some more thoughts on how to make bad tea, from an Englishman of some renown, check out George Orwell’s famous essay, A Nice Cup of Tea.
Don’t forget to check out William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!
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