How to Make an Unmistakably Perfect Cup of Tea

How to Make an Unmistakably Perfect Cup of Tea

We've teamed up with Babingtons Blends to guide you in making the perfect cup of tea. Babingtons Blends are all about elegant tradition meets everyday ritual, an ethos we are absolutely on board with. Their story started in 1893 and today the fine, all-natural, hand-blended tea is loved across Europe. So, who better to ask for a guide to making an unmistakably perfect cup of tea? 

For the love of tea

The process of making tea has for centuries been celebrated across many cultures as a meditative form of mindfulness and it's always a pleasure to prepare.

We recommend you choose a type of tea to complement the occasion; this could depend on your mood, the time of day, what you're eating and the event. 

How to make a cup of tea with loose-leaf tea

Ensure the water you use is cold when you start heating it and never bring it to the boil. Brew accordingly or follow a set of instructions. 

2g of loose leaf for 150ml of water 
Heat water & brew: 
95°c for black teas, white teas and herbal teas 
85°c for green teas

Brew tea for:  
3-4 minutes for black teas and white teas 
2-3 minutes for green teas 
5-6 minutes for herbal teas

Add milk and or sugar to taste. Milk complements black teas (even scented), and sugar goes well with white, green and black teas. We suggest you first try them pure and please don't use lemon; try orange instead! 

Keep your loose-leaf tea in a cool, dry and dark place and in an airtight container. 

How to make a cup of tea with a teabag


1 teabag per 150ml of water

Heat water & brew:
95°C for black teas, white teas and herbal teas
85°C for green teas

Add milk and or sugar to taste. 


Common tea making mistakes to avoid

- Using tea which isn't of the highest quality; without fresh ingredients you will never experience a delicious and satisfying cup of tea.

- Not using fresh water; if the water is constantly being reused all the time, it will affect the overall taste due to the pH. levels.

- Tea can be over brewed rather than made to the strength you enjoy the most. At home you can regulate this by adding more or less tea leaves.

- Tea can be made at the wrong temperature. Be sure to follow the temperature guidelines above to avoid this common mistake. 

Now you’ve mastered the art of tea making, you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new mug to showcase your new skill. Having spent over 250 years crafting ceramics we know a thing or two about the perfect teacup or mug to accompany your brew – take a look at our current favourites to add to your collection.