Professor of Chemistry Michelle Francl writes about the chemistry involved in brewing the perfect cup of her favorite morning beverage in a recent issue of Nature Chemistry.
From the article:
What do 21st-century chemists know about making tea? Quite a lot it turns out. In 1946, George Orwell wrote a short essay, "A Nice Cup of Tea," offering 11 opinionated points on the making of tea. I offer you but seven points, perhaps equally opinionated, but with supporting references from the scientific literature. No disinformation here.
Read all seven points, including whether the tea or milk should be poured first, in "A Chemist's Cup of Tea."