How to make the perfect cup of tea

It seems that the older I get, the more important it is for things to be nice.

I don’t want any more drama, I don’t want complicated, I just want everything to be nice and normal. I want people in my life who are reliable, kind and who make me feel good about myself, I want things in my home that I enjoy looking at or that are a pleasure to use. The shelves in my kitchen for example, that are full of pretty glasses and tea cups, make me very happy:

pretty glassware

One very simple thing that I can get a lot of pleasure from is a good cup of tea in a mug I like. (I really am a very cheap date you know.) I’ve talked before about how I ‘impressed’ my last boyfriend with a lecture on the importance of mug shape and rim thickness and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s fussy about what they drink out of.

I particularly like a nice cup of tea if it’s someone else making it for me and I happen to be lying in bed at the time, but I do also like the ritual of making it myself, especially since recently acquiring a new teapot. There is something very soothing about the act of pouring golden brown tea from a pot into a cup. It’s far more relaxing than squeezing a tea bag in a cup and trying to get it to the bin before it drips.

perfect cup of tea

perfect cup of tea

Teapot from StreetHub. Cup and teaspoon (can be personalised with up to 30 characters of your choice) from Getting Personal.

This is my favourite mug at the moment as it meets my criteria for both people and things – it looks pretty and makes me feel good about myself.


Now my idea of the perfect cup of tea may not be to everyone’s tastes and friends who regularly make tea for me may now me screwing up their faces, picturing a mug of what looks more like chicken soup than builders’ finest brew. That really is the beauty of tea though – it’s so easy to make it just how you like it and the addition of a splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar if you’re that way inclined can turn something simple into the drink of the Gods.

How do you make your perfect cup of tea?

Disclosure – I was gifted this teapot, cup and spoon and so decided to use them to tell you about my perfect cup of tea. All thoughts my own obvs.



  1. 2 January, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I’m very particular about my cup, I had a fall 20 years ago and damaged my lip. If rims are too fat then I spill tea all over myself. I like fine china cups for that reason and because tea just tastes better in real china!

    I don’t blame you for being fussy about it! Also, that teapot is frankly beautiful!

  2. 2 January, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I’m VERY picky about my tea! The only other person I let make tea for me is my boyfriend, because he’s very well trained. It has to be PG Tips with skimmed milk, milk in before water and left to brew for just the right time (no chicken soup tea for me, builders all the way!). Unfortunately this means that I can’t drink tea other than in my own house (I don’t actually know anyone who has PG Tips AND skimmed milk), but coming home from holiday or staying with friends/family is a joy – first thing I do when I walk through the door is put the kettle on :)

  3. 5 January, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Oh I want a teapot! I am sick of dunking a tea bag in my cup and then fishing it out afterward. Have put it on my wish list after reading this

  4. 6 January, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    milky and 2 spoons of sugar.

  5. Jay
    5 August, 2019 / 11:26 am

    Got to be brewed for just the right amount of time, not too strong but none of that wishy washy stuff. A drop of milk and 2 sugars (3 if I’m treating myself).

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