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Grace Elliot
April 10th, 2011, 02:10 PM
By the 1880’s tea drinking became an upper class ritual. Ladies gathering around a silver tea pot with elegant porcelain cups became symbols of good taste and refinement and the preparation of tea was an art in itself. A popular household manual from the 1880’s ‘Enquire With Upon Everything’ instructs on how to make the perfect brew.
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- Use freshly boiled water, not exhausted by prolonged boiling
- Scald the pot with hot water then empty it
- Add sufficient water and then add the tea, quickly closing the lid
- Let the brew stand for three and a half minutes
- This greatly superior method preserves the delicate aroma of the tea.
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