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The Ten Commandments of Breakfast Tea

Sometimes in the mornings you just need a good hearty cup of breakfast tea. It’s warm, delicious, and a great way to pick you up and start your day right. It’s clearer than coffee and makes you better than that can of diet coke. There is really no right or wrong way to drink tea, but via Golden Moon tea, here are the ten commandments of Breakfast tea:

Commandment 1: Thou Shall use Loose Tea – Teabags just don’t cut it. It leaves my tea tasting thin and unflavorful.

Commandment 2: Thou Shall Warm your Teapot – A cold teapot will suck the heat out of the water leaving a tepid brew.

Commandment 3: Thou Shall Steep your Tea for the Recommended Time – Too little time and the tea will turn out weak. Too much and it will be too astringent.

Commandment 4: Thou Shall use Boiling Water – If the water is less than boiling, the tea will taste watery.

Commandment 5: Thou Shall rinse your Tea Leaves – Rinsing the tea leaves helps to “awaken” the leaves, therefore ensuring a great cup of tea.

Commandment 6: Thou Shall use 2% Milk – Tea purists will scoff at this one, but I cannot be without milk in my morning tea…only my morning tea. Skim milk is too thin, while whole milk overpowers the flavor. 2% is perfect.

Commandment 7: Thou Shall use Honey – Once again, purists will disagree. This is purely a matter of taste. Honey provides a richness that sugar cannot replicate.

Commandment 8: Thou Shall pour the Milk in the Teacup First – This has been highly debated amongst tea enthusiasts for years. I like to pour the milk in first because I use the same cup every day and know exactly how much to pour. It also gives me something to do while the tea is steeping.

Commandment 9: Thou Shall Drink Out of a Porcelain Cup – Porcelain provides a smooth surface that gives tea a pure flavor. My tea cup may be my most cherished possession.

Commandment 10: Thou Shall drink your Tea Before Brushing your Teeth – Even if I wait 30 minutes before having my tea (which is almost impossible within itself) I can still taste the minty-ness of the toothpaste. An important tip to remember is to make sure you brush your teeth after drinking your tea or your coworkers may hate you all day!

As I said earlier, there is no right or wrong way to drink tea, but this is definitely a fun and interesting perspective on how to drink your breakfast tea. If you’re not a loose leaf black tea person, maybe it’s something to try, or even try honey in your tea, or a porcelain tea cup. Either way, let there be tea.

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