- Sep 25, 2014
- Marysville Washington U.S.A.
It would simplify the whole brewing of tea for us novices.I think what we need is a universal measurement system for teabags, based on the strength of tea per second of brewing. Once this has been done, teapots can then be tested to establish how long the convection currents take to brew the tea to the same strength as in the 'industry standard' laboratory test vessel.
Teapots can then be rated to the tea bag, for instance, you'd normally use a #5 bag for a #5 teapot, using length of time to vary the strength of brew as required. However, those who want to present a cup of tea in a shorter time could use a #6 or even a mild #7 tea bag in a #5 teapot to achieve this. Simple.
However, it would be important not to significantly over-bag or under-bag a teapot, as this could lead to very poor presentation... or even a broken teapot (if the person you served the unsatisfactory tea to happened to be bad tempered!).
I think it's high time we standardised this currently chaotic tea brewing system, which results in people quite wrongly saying they don't like a particular brand of tea bag, when it's most likely their brewing that's at fault.