A Time Out, Practical Idling Number 1: A Tea Break

I have been going on about de-cluttering your mind all week and fancied a bit of a time out. It’s always nice to have a tea break isn’t it?

Tea is really the drink of choice for the Idler, coffee is too edgy, too “go getting” (not that I don’t like a good cup of coffee occasionally).

Incidentally, I am sure you have noticed (and I think I have said it before) I use idle and slow interchangeably. The Idle Philosophy and the Slow Philosophy are, although different in places, almost identical and cross over, intertwine and complement each other.

I discovered the Idler, just before I discovered the Slow Philosophy and the Slow Coaching principles that I have developed come from both of these ideas.

Anyway enough of that, this is meant to be a bit of a break. The idea of these irregular entires will be to look at Practical Idling or Idle Pursuits that you can do to take a break and chill out for a few minutes and gather your thoughts.

And in this first one I thought I would discuss how to make a good cup of tea.

Idea’s vary per person you ask, but the common consensus seems to be:

  1. Ensure kettle is clean and de-scaled
  2. Fill kettle with freshly drawn cold water
  3. Boil the kettle
  4. Allow 1 heaped teaspoon of loose tea, or 1 tea bag per person
  5. Infuse in cup, mug or teapot with boiling water (only ever use the water once and always use freshly boiled, preferably pour whilst still bubbling)
  6. Stand for 3-5 mins (important for correct flavour development and to get the full benefits of tea antioxidants)
  7. Stir, add milk and sugar to taste

Anyway must go, the kettles just boiled.

Matt

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