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My Tea Etiquette

Since Iranians drink tea rather than coffee, and we consume %5 of the tea in the world, I thought to get on my hobby horse and talk about tea, the beverage I like best.

There are certain things we have certain interests in. For me, one of the important things is tea. I drink tea very much and the way it’s being brewed is important to me. If I want to use a teabag, I don’t put it in the tea pot. I boil water, then I'd pour it in my mug and put the teabag there for a few seconds, then pull it out. My mug should be clean and there shouldn’t be a stain in it. So each time before the Tea Ritual, I wash it carefully. After testing some brands, I found out that teabags with lemon flavours are the best, which are more expensive but really worth it.
For dried tea leaves and the way it should be brewed, it’s more complicated. The brand should be special. I tested many brands but only Darjeeling tea could appease my difficult taste. Earl Grey isn’t bad but after 15 minutes it turns black and gets a very strong taste. The teapot should be washed with cold water, and I prefer china teapot. China is the best material for brewing tea. Some say you should wash teapot with hot water but I don’t believe so. The teapot should be clean, without any brown stain of tea in it.

You should put two spoonfuls of tea in your teapot. One isn’t bad but two is better. You can decide better how much water to pour in the teapot. I usually fill the whole teapot. Your teapot shouldn’t be very large or very small, a medium-sized one is better. Then pour water to until it comes up the half size of the teapot. The water should be newly boiled, which means 100˚C hot, not colder or else your tea will not brew. After pouring tea, put the teapot on the heater or the samovar.
As for falvouring your tea, you can put cinnamon, saffron, lemon juice in it. You better drop a lump of sugar in it! You should wait 20 minutes. It is the best time for serving tea. Do not pour tea sooner or later than that, you will not get the best taste you would like. If you want to make sure that your tea has been brewed completely, you should take a look at the inside of your teapot. If the tea leaves are floating on the water, your tea is not ready yet. If they are at the bottom and you can smell something pleasant, do not hesitate, pour a cup of tea for yourself and enjoy it!


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