358 years ago tea was introduced to our little island. Since then we’ve made it our own. In Britain we drink a staggering 165 million cups of tea per day, or 60.2 billion a year!
But, how long should you leave the tea bag in the cup and should you put the milk in first? Brits have squabbled about the best way to make the perfect brew for decades.
Scientists (who seem to have nothing better to do) recently claimed to have discovered the method for making the perfect cup of tea.
Experts at the University of Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences spent 180 hours working on the formula. With a panel of volunteers drinking 285 cups in a lab they developed an equation for the perfect cuppa.
Here it is:
Apparently, for a truly lovely cup of tea you need to use water you’ve only boiled once. Repeatedly boiling water takes the oxygen and nitrogen out of it, which makes tea taste a bit rubbish.
In taste tests the panel reported prevalent whiffs of wood and grass “flavour notes” in black or over-brewed tea with hints of lemon, rose and geranium. Adding milk significantly reduced these and replaced them with toffee and vanilla. The more milk that was added the more these sweeter notes intensified.
Enjoying a cup of tea has a lot to do with the fine balance between biterness and sweetness. By adding milk the wood and grass notes are reduced giving way to toffee and vanila flavours. Lovely!
98% of Brits have tea with milk and maybe that’s why.
Although yet to be scientifically proven, this does explain the amount of tea consumed at T.Rex Design!