Tea Making Tips (1941)

Welcome to the world of a national obsession and a place where people say ‘orf’ instead of ‘off’. Tea connoisseurs will benefit from the six golden tips for making the perfect cuppa, as well as countless other handy hints (never store your tea next to cheese, for example). There’s an assessment of the pros and cons of various teapots and words of wisdom about the tea bush itself. Slightly grotesque methods for producing tea en masse are demonstrated – it was wartime, after all – and tea had to be produced by the oceanful. As such, there are some top tips for cleaning that hard-to-reach tap in your tea urn. Remember: “a dirty tap means dirty tea”. (Robin Baker) You can watch over 1000 other complete films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive free of charge in the Mediatheque at BFI Southbank, London and from October 2008 at the new QUAD centre for art and film in Derby — www.bfi.org.uk www.derbyquad.co.uk

25 Replies to “Tea Making Tips (1941)”

  1. That “tea expert” is really scary D=

    The video is awesome though ^^ Love these old information/propaganda/news videos.

  2. @recessionlover hench mr starostins p-ritish lunazi? pyle on many more layers “then”…

  3. Everyone in this video has a cut-glass voice. (“Aim a heppily merried woman.”) That can only mean that they were actors dressed as canteen staff. The guy in the white coat probably came from the lunatic asylum.

  4. Putting milk in tea is a total misunderstanding of tea-making. Never ever put milk in tea!!
    Just control the infusion time (short): you get perfect, honey-color tea that tastes like it is meant to taste.

  5. I love how she says at the begining that making tea is really simple, but then there’s a ten minute in-depth film on how precise it is! Brilliant

  6. If you’re going to use a teabag, make sure it’s Dilmah. I love the Peppermint and English Toffee flavour. Right i’m orf, toodle pip!

  7. you need fats to get the thc into your body ;P

    but nice idea mabe a lil bit of milk and then ;P


  8. the advantage of pouring hot water into the cattle is that you get instant tea with milk.

  9. …finally, add a sprinkle of hashish to the hot brew, stir, sit back, relax and prepare to get completely off ones tits.

  10. I think it is worth waiting half a minute before pouring hot water into the cattle.

  11. Sometimes I even get my hips into motion when teabagging. Just dip and gyrate that’s all you have to remember.

  12. @AJollyGoodFelon

    Lipton sucks. Salada and Red Rose are miles better, if you must content yourself with “bagged” tea.

    I don’t.

  13. In the US there is but one method, open lipton teabag. “Teabag” a cup of hot water with a gyrating motion for a few minutes… move it around in there, don’t be scared…. Add cream and sugar to make less offensive.

  14. @ElsieTeacher Couldn’t agree with you more! Since when was dumbing down synonymous with progress or education???!!!

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