Chemist Unveils Secret to Perfect Tea: A Pinch of Salt and Warm Milk

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.26 - 2024 12:54 PM CET

Chemist Unveils Secret to Perfect Tea.

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Dr. Michelle Francl, a chemist from the United States, has revealed what she believes is the secret to brewing the perfect cup of tea – adding a pinch of salt and a small amount of warm milk.

This unexpected tip, reported by Daily Mail, has sparked interest among tea enthusiasts.

The science behind this method lies in the chemical properties of tea. According to Dr. Francl, the bitterness often experienced in tea is due to tannins released during brewing. By adding salt, sodium ions work to block the bitterness, enhancing the tea's flavor.

Additionally, Dr. Francl recommends adding lemon to prevent the foam that sometimes forms on the surface. She also shares her preferences for tea bags and spoons – suggesting large tea bags, a small, sturdy, pre-warmed spoon, and pouring milk after the tea, contrary to some British traditions.

In an interview with The Guardian, Dr. Francl comments on the quality of tea in the United States, noting that hot tap water, commonly used there, results in "horrible" tea.

Growing up in the Midwest, a region known for its coffee consumption, she developed a passion for tea. Through her research in chemistry and years of tea drinking, Dr. Francl has explored the intricacies of what makes a great cup of tea.

Her unique approach to tea-making, blending scientific insight with personal experience, offers a fresh perspective on a beloved beverage.

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