Woolworths Tea Etiquette
(30 Jul 2020)

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Woolworths Tea Etiquette

How to make the perfect cup of tea
When boiling the water, look out for ‘frogs eyes’. When the water just starts to boil and forms bubbles, it's called frogs eyes.

Rinse the tea pot with boiling water before adding the teabags.
How long you steepthe tea depends on the cup of tea, so check the packaging before using it. 

Should you pour the milk or tea first? Some sources say that Queen Elizabeth pours her tea first, however it's up to you. 
When stirring your tea, try not make a noise by touching the sides or bottom of the cup. 

Holding a Tea Cup
Originally, all porcelain teacups were made in China, starting around 620 A.D. These small cups had no handles. In order for one not to spill onto oneself, the proper way to hold a cup with no handle is to place one’s thumb at the six o’clock position and one’s index and middle fingers at the twelve o’clock position, while gently raising one’s pinkie up for balance. Tea cups with a handle are held by placing one’s fingers to the front and back of the handle with one’s pinkie up again allows balance.

Never wave or hold your tea cup in the air. When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer.

If you are at a buffet tea, hold the tea saucer in your lap with your left hand and hold the tea cup in your right hand. When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer and hold in your lap. The only time a saucer is raised together with the teacup is when one is at a standing reception.

Typically, one should not hold their pinky out while lifting tea cups with handles.

Using Teaspoons:
Do not stir your tea with your teaspoon in sweeping circular motions or clink your cup. Place your teaspoon at the six o’clock position and softly fold the liquid towards the twelve o’clock position two or three times.

Either place the teaspoon on the side of another plate or ask the server or hostess to remove the spoon from the table. Never leave the spoon in the glass especially when actually drinking your tea.

Serving Tea
Milk is served with tea, not cream. Cream is too heavy and masks the taste of the tea. Although some pour their milk in the cup first, it is probably better to pour the milk in the tea after it is in the cup in order to pour the correct amount.

Tea should be brewed in a pot using loose-leaf tea or stringless tea bags and served in tea cups. Tea bags should not be used for Afternoon Tea, especially in the individual tea cups. However, if using this method, remove the tea bag from the cup and place it on a side saucer or in a slop bowl. Do not use the string to wrap around or squeeze the tea bag.
When serving lemon with tea, lemon slices are preferable, not wedges. Either provide a small fork or lemon fork for your guests, or have the tea server neatly place a slice in the tea cup after the tea has been poured. Be sure never to add lemon with milk since the lemon’s citric acid will cause the proteins in the milk to curdle.

Drinking Tea
Do not use your tea to wash down food. Sip, don’t slurp, your tea and swallow before eating.

The saucer is the tiny plate the teacup is placed on. If you are sitting, the saucer always stays on the table. The proper time to pick up the saucer is while you are walking around with your tea because the saucer is meant to catch the tea if it spills. 

How to spruce up your tea  
Use fresh ingredients like ginger, rosemary, turmeric and citrus to spruce up your tea. 
Dried chilli flakes, cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg are spicy additions you can add to your tea.


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