“Tea-Drinking at Breakfast” by Leigh Hunt

According to his Wikipedia summary, James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784 –1859), better known as just Leigh Hunt, was "an English critic, essayist, poet and writer." His own work was overshadowed by that of his more famous friends, such as the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley, but he published a number of books in his …

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More Tips on Steeping That Perfect Pot of Tea

The tips just keep coming. It seems that everyone who has ever steeped tea has the perfect method (even author George Orwell). And I’m here to present even more tips on steeping that perfect pot of tea. I’m going to begin by defining the goal here a bit better. Let’s think about a few things. …

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The History of the Perfect Cup of Tea

I write a few monthly columns for this site, one about tea books and one about tea gadgets and offbeat news. Though it might seem otherwise, I don't actually write on a monthly basis about perfect tea. But I've covered the topic many times already and I'm about to do it one more time. For …

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On the Science of Perfect Tea

I currently contribute a monthly column to this site on tea books and one on tea gadgets and offbeat news. I don't intend to start writing about perfect tea on a regular basis, but given how many people are offering advice on achieving this lofty goal it's safe to say there's no shortage of material …

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On Perfect Tea: The Latest

When I say that I've written about the curious notion of perfection in a cup of tea more times than I can count I might be exaggerating just a bit. To say that I've written about the topic more times than I'm going to count is more like it. I'll compromise, more or less, by …

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Rethinking the Perfect Cup of Tea

I've written about that elusive creature known as the perfect cup of tea on a number of occasions now. My most recent thoughts are here. I'm still not convinced that such an item exists. But I guess all we can do is to try our best to get as close as we can to that …

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More About How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

So what about this perfect cup of tea anyway? Before delving into a look at a few of the more notable how-to guides that are out there, let's start by taking a look at the terminology. I know we all have a pretty good idea of what "perfect" means, but let's take a look at …

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More on Perfect Tea

In an article recently published in these pages I took a look at the notion of perfect tea and concluded that a perfect cup of tea may not be attainable. But you can probably come close to this goal if you start with great tea and prepare it to the best of your ability. I …

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The Perfect Cup of Tea

If you've been a tea lover for a while you've undoubtedly heard the term "perfect cup of tea" a few times. Run on over to Google and do a search for the phrase and you'll come up with a mere 341,000 results. Which suggests that it's a topic that's on more than a few people's …

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How to Make Bad Tea

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 …

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