How to make a proper brew
Everyone has their own way of doing things, but here, our expert tea buyers reveal their secret to making a proper pot of Yorkshire Tea.
Get a proper pot on
If you take milk, we recommend a splash of whole or semi-skimmed milk, with sugar if you take it.
A proper cuppa
Pour freshly boiled water directly onto your teabag in a mug. This way the tea infuses better than adding the teabag to water.
Remove the teabag with a spoon giving it just one gentle squeeze.
Miffy or Tiffy?
People are very particular about their tea, but there’s one aspect of tea making that really sparks debate... milk or tea first? ‘Miffy or Tiffy?’, we call it. You’re bound to have your own theory, and if tea is brewed in a pot, there is no definitive right or wrong answer. If you’re making tea in a cup though, it’s never milk first - it reduces the water temperature so it doesn’t brew properly.
Potty about tea?
If you can make tea in a teapot, do. You’ll get the best taste out of your Yorkshire Tea. You’ll also be keeping one of Britain’s greatest traditions alive. The family members who own Taylors of Harrogate have always had a soft spot for teapots, in fact, it’s a bit of an obsession. We’ve been collecting them for years now - some date back to 1750, some have the odd chip, some cost a couple of pounds, others are extremely unusual and valuable. And then there’s the humble tea cosy of course. A few years ago, the Women’s Institute (quintessentially British and equally mad about their tea) knitted a fantastic variety of Yorkshire Tea-inspired tea cosies for us. In 2011 we auctioned off a selection of them to raise money for our Yorkshire Rainforest Project. You can take a peek into their magical world of tea cosies here.