Click below to read a summary of the Tea project ideas for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards; or to go back to project ideas click here.
Make the perfect cup of tea
Most people know how to make a cup of tea. But not everyone makes it exactly the same way. In this project you can carry out some experiments to work out how to make the perfect cup of tea for you. Then you‟ll write a standard procedure (a set of really detailed instructions) so that other people can make tea just how you like it.
There are lots of things to think about when making a cup of tea. These include:
- How much water should you use, and how hot should it be?
- How much tea should you use?
- Will you use tea bags, or loose tea?
- How much milk will you use, and will you put it in before or after the water?
- What sort of milk will you use: full fat, semi-skimmed or skimmed?
- How long should you leave the tea bag (or tea leaves) in the cup?
- Do you want sugar? How much?
Design and make a quick-brew tea bag
Start by having a look round the shops at all the different types of tea bags that are available. Have a look at the range of different shapes and sizes. Carry out some research into how tea bags are made – perhaps you could contact a tea bag manufacturer for some help. They may also be able to tell you how their tea bags are tested in industry. Research what happens between when tea leaves are picked, and when tea bags land on our supermarket shelves. Find out if there are different processes for different types of tea.
Investigate tannin, caffeine, fluoride and flavanoid in tea
You‟re going to produce a leaflet entitled: “Everything looks brighter after a cup of tea – Fact or Fiction”. It will explain all the health risks and benefits of drinking tea. You will substantiate any of your claims by investigating tannin, caffeine and flavanoids. You will carry out analytical tests on tea samples. Your leaflet should be able to list a number of different types and brands of tea with the findings from any tests explained.