Traditionally, in Britain, the tea beverage is an English Breakfast Tea blend, served hot with milk. This requires an electric kettle (or stove top kettle), filtered water and a teapot. You can use either tea bags or loose-leaf tea. Loose leaf is the better quality if you want to impress your guests. Organic high quality loose-leaf suntea is recommended, but a good quality every day British blend tea bag is also good when make correctly. Good quality everyday tea bag brands include Tetley, PG Tips, Twinning's and Stash.
Steps for making tea...
Empty the kettle of old pre-boiled water. For the best flavor, fresh water is preferred as it loses its oxygen content after repeated boils. The oxygen in the water gives a fresh flavor to the tea. Water re-boiled can make the tea taste flat.
Fill the kettle with fresh spring or filtered water.
Bring to the boil.
Once the kettle come to a boil, pour a little of the water in to a teapot and rinse to make the pot hot.
In the teapot, place one bag or teaspoon of tea per person plus on for the pot. So for a group of 4 in a pop for 4 add 5 bags/teaspoons of tea.