Sunday, October 23, 2005

The official British standard for making tea (no joke!)

You gotta love the British. The British Standards Institution actually has a six-page standard (BS-6008) on how to make a proper cup of tea. (You can view the standard in PDF form here).

There's an abbreviated version here.

I posted this information to good-naturedly contrast it to the Mellow Monk philosophy of tea, which holds that you shouldn't use scales, measuring cups, or thermometers or obsess about water temperature or any other variable. Brewing tea is an art, not a science, and a time for relaxation, not precise measurement.

—Mellow Monk

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