Wednesday, July 06, 2005


fig. 5 - Lightning fast reactions are required here. At the very point of boiling the English tea student must deftly snatch the "kettle" from the stove and pour the scalding water over the tea bag. If the water is allowed to fall below boiling point the proper infusion of the tea into the water will fail to take place. Immediately afterwards, the tea student grasps the ceremonial stirring implement, or "teaspoon", and executes a deft back and forth manoeuvre of the tea bag, accompanied by the sacred words: "one elephant, two elephant, three elephant, four elephant, five elephant". Upon reaching five elephants, the tea bag is artfully squeezed against the wall of the "mug" to drain its last juices, and is subsequently catapulted in the vague direction of the bin.

1 Comments:

Blogger Paul Hewitt said...

There a many subtle regional variations in the style used here. Some claim that milk added before the water prevents the tea from being scolded, I personally favour adding the milk 4 seconds after the pour. I think those that add the milk before the poor actually do so to avoid the stir.

Actually they have started advertising a keetle now that keeps the water at 85C for the perfect cuppa? This sounds to me like a terrible waste of electricity destroying our fragile world one cup at a time!

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