How to Make Tea the British Way



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Want to know how to make a cup of tea the British way?

You're in luck.

I've just put the kettle on.

Now I'm not saying that Americans don't love tea, you do, just not as we Brits know it.

For starters, 85% of tea enjoyed in America is iced.

In Britain however, we need something a little warmer and stronger, to get us through those cloudy, rainy, blustery and generally gray days.

So join me as I show you how to make a proper cup of tea the British way.

How to make the perfect cuppa?

Brits take making a cup of tea pretty seriously, so much so that George Orwell even wrote an essay on how to make the perfect cuppa.

Recent research says that in order to make the perfect cup of tea, you should use a freshly boiled water, which in the UK usually comes from an electric kettle, like this one.

And that your tea should steep for around two to five minutes, depending on personal preference.

Also we put milk in our tea.

The milk in tea conundrum.

Milk first, then tea or tea, then milk.

With 98% of us drinking our tea with milk, this is a pretty crucial point, and a question that has troubled our nation for a really long time.

But don't panic.

Scientists at University College London have finally worked it out.

They say that tea made in a cup should have the milk added after the water, so that it doesn't interfere with the brewing process.

But if the tea is made in a pot, then the milk should be added first.

Finally, I've had so many sleepless nights over that one.

Which reminds me, what's your favourite cup of tea?

Whilst green and herbal teas have seen a recent rise in popularity in the UK, and some of us like myself prefer a cup of Earl Grey.

You should usually expect to be offered a cup of English breakfast tea, which is a blend of black teas, and remains the most popular.

We're also rather smitten with teabags when making tea at home, although you will find loose-leaf tea served in restaurants and hotels.

Making a cup of tea isn't as simple as you think, and you should be prepared to answer some of the following questions.

Do you like a builder's brew?

That's extra strong tea with milk and sugar.

It's called this because it's how all builders and tradesmen, in fact anybody doing anything to your house, take their tea.

Well maybe don't offer one to the burglar though.

Maybe you're a white-without kind of chap.

Mean milk but no sugar.

Do you prefer your tea loose-leaf or in a tea bag?


Dunking is the art of dipping a biscuit, which is what we call a less sweet cookie like this one into your tea.

Recent research has found that the best dunking biscuit is a rich tea biscuits.

And that the chocolate ones are even better.

Personally I love a digestive biscuit.

And yes despite the off-putting name, these are actually really rather delicious and brilliant for dunking.

That is so good.

And trust me, American cookies don't work in this scenario.

They literally crumble under the heat, so don't even go there.

Whether it's black, green or herbal, loose-leaf or in a tea bag, hot or iced, with milk or without, three sugars or none.

I think we can all agree that the best cup of tea is when it's made by someone else.

Oh, thank you!

For me?

Thanks for watching.