How to Make a Perfect Cup of Orthodox Black Tea

Orthodox tea
Orthodox tea 

The Tea production and consumption was introduced in India by the British during the British regime in India. Born and brought up in Dibrugarh, the tea city of India made me a tea addict. Most of us wake up in the morning and the very first thing we do is to sip a delicious cup of tea.  It's a common practice in many household in India. But the taste of tea differs from person to person. Someone may like light tea without milk and someone may be addicted to strong karak chai with spices and milk. My personal favorite is orthodox black tea. 


Now why orthodox tea? 


Orthodox tea is whole leaf tea processed  by the old traditional method using hands.  But in some factories modern machinery that mimics hand rolling is used to process orthodox tea. For making orthodox tea,  the best leaves combination (2 leaves and a bud) are plucked with utmost care by hands from the tea brush top to unsure a better taste. Before the introduction of CTC style, people drank their tea processed by orthodox style. So the orthodox is given a lot of pride among the other teas.

An woman plucking tea leaves with hands
An woman plucking tea leaves with hands 

Drinking orthodox tea gives you a raw and aromatic experience. Orthodox is a light tea and doesn't go well with milk. So person who doesn't like to have milk in their tea, orthodox is best for them. I like my tea without milk and sugar.  I drink tea twice or thrice a day.  But my husband likes to have tea more than that. Most of the workaholics like to have plain tea and several times during the day.  So for them orthodox tea is best suited.

Now don't ask me, what brand of orthodox tea I'm using?  There are about 765 tea estates in Assam and in Dibrugarh alone there are 144 tea estates.  There are also about one lakh small tea gardens all over Assam. So somewhere and somehow we get tea packets as gifts and so we don't rely on any brand but can say which garden's tea tastes better. 

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Orthodox Black Tea 

Pouring a cup of tea
A cup of tea 

Making orthodox black tea is very simple.  No complications required.  

Instructions for perfect cup of orthodox black tea for one :


  • Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan.  Boil it to the highest degree. 
  • Add 1 tsp of orthodox tea. 
  • Off the burner and cover the saucepan. 
  • Wait for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Now pour the tea into the cup using a strainer. 
  • Add sugar.
  • Feel the aroma and enjoy! 

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