How to Make a Cup of Tea or Coffee

A freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea is a great pick-me-up any time of day and it takes very little time to brew or steep a cup of your favourite hot beverage. In fact, the most difficult part of the process is waiting for the coffee to brew or the tea kettle to heat up. You can speed up the coffee-making process by using instant coffee, but what you gain in time, you may sacrifice in flavour because some people feel that the taste of freshly brewed coffee is superior to that of instant. Many coffee drinkers add cream or sugar to their coffee while others simply drink it black. Tea drinkers also can add sugar, honey, lemon or milk to their tea.

Add 2 cups of water to the water receptacle of a coffee maker. For every 236ml. cup of water, 170gr. of brewed coffee is produced due to the evaporation of some of the water during the brewing process. A good rule of thumb is to add 1 to 2 tbsp ground coffee for every 177ml. of water. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, you can add less or more coffee as desired.

Place the filter in the filter basket and add 4 tbsp ground coffee. Many people prefer to grind their own coffee beans rather than buying their coffee pre-ground. If you do grind the coffee beans yourself, grind only enough to use for the pot of coffee you're making, and use the beans immediately after you grind them.

Place the coffee pot into the coffee maker and push the button to start the brewing process. Some coffee makers have a button labelled "Brew," while others have buttons labelled "Start" or "On."

Pour the cup of coffee into a mug when the brewing process has completed. Add any ingredients you prefer, such as sugar or artificial sweetener, milk or cream.

Fill a tea kettle with 2 cups of water and place it on the stove. Set the burner to high heat and bring to a boil. Some tea kettles whistle to let you know the water has boiled. If you don't have a tea kettle, you can heat water in a pot on the stove or in a mug in the microwave. If you use the microwave to heat your water, be sure to use a microwave-safe mug and be careful because the mug will be very hot after the water has been heated to the proper temperature.

Put a tea bag in your cup or mug and pour the hot water into the mug on top of the tea bag. It's best to add the tea bag first and then pour the water over it to release the full flavour of the tea inside the bag.

Steep the tea for 3 minutes. If you prefer stronger tea, leave the bag in for another 1 to 2 minutes. Don't dunk the bag or stir it in the cup while the tea is brewing. Leave it alone to steep and impart the best flavour.

Remove the tea bag and add any ingredients you prefer such as honey, lemon or milk and enjoy the tea.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee:
  • Mug
  • 4 tbsp ground coffee
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee filter
  • 2 cups water
  • Cream or milk (optional)
  • Sugar or artificial sweetener (optional)
  • Tea:
  • Tea kettle
  • Water
  • Tea bag
  • Milk (optional)
  • Sugar or artificial sweetener (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Spoon
  • Mug or teacup
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About the Author

Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.