A Nice Cup of Tea


“When I look through my own recipe for the perfect cup of tea, I find no fewer than eleven outstanding points”¬†–¬†George Orwell

Here I am, writing a blog about “all things soothing and comforting” and I have yet to write about tea, the true essence of this phrase. I was raised on the stuff as some children are raised on milk or orange juice, encouraged to let the water come to a full “rolling boil” and, no matter the hurry, to let the tea steep well.

I therefore thought it would be appropriate to do a little Internet exploring about my beverage of choice. Perhaps I could discover the best teas of the world and pass them on to my readers. (How I would love to pass you an actual cup!) Yet, in the process, I came across a very practical essay published by George Orwell in 1946, not a writer I generally associate with comfort. Here were all my musings on tea summed up for me!

If you have a few minutes, brew yourself a good strong pot of Earl Grey, and read Orwell’s instructions on how to make it even better.

A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell

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