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You, and only you know how to make the perfect cup of tea for yourself.
Despite this, sometimes it is preferable to have someone else make you one. You don't have to move, and well, how bad a job can they actually do? Well, there's probably at least one person who you know you should avoid getting to make you a brew.
They might not leave the teabag in the water long enough, they might push it up against the side of the mug, releasing all the bitterness. Or, they might commit the unpardonable of all sins, putting the milk in first.
However there's one other mistake some people make when brewing up, and it's usually overlooked.
Reboiling water in the kettle actually ruins a cuppa, as it takes away the oxygen and nitrogen that's needed to get that spot on taste.
"Usually when people's tea goes cold they reboil the kettle and make another cup," tea expert (what a profession) William Gorman told the Telegraph. "But doing this you are guaranteed to give yourself a dull cup of tea.
"You need freshly drawn water for a good cup because reboiling it takes out all the oxygen and nitrogen out of it."
A better option, if a brew goes cold, is to whack it in the microwave until it's back up to the right temperature.
"When you microwave tea all you're doing is, from a scientific point of view, is just moving the molecules around and getting it back up to a decent temperature," William continued. "It is not impacting the flavour at all."
Just as a side note, to make sure everyone is on the same wave length here, a couple of other tea experts, Sebastian Michaelis and Tim d'Offay, revealed that if you put milk in your mug before the water you'll 'reduce the temperature and inhibit the brewing'.
It's official as @TimeOutLondon say so: milk after water not before. pic.twitter.com/nlnMb3cek8
- Gary Andrews (@garyandrews) February 23, 2016
They also suggest that how long you ultimately let the tea bag brew is down your tastes, but let's be honest, you should be leaving it for a minimum of at least three minutes.
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