There are 24 million ways to make a cuppa - how do you make yours?

There are 24 million ways to make a cuppa - how do you make yours?


Posted 16th Nov 2017 by Peter Byrne

Research has found there are an amazing 24 million possible ways to make a cup of tea – so, how do you make yours?

The study factored in all of the possible variables from when you pop the kettle on, including brew time, milk levels and dunking behaviour, to the choice of sweetener, whether to put the water or milk in first, and the overall water temperature.

The most commonly drunk cuppa involved 60 seconds of brewing, a dash of cold semi-skimmed milk with three dunks of the teabag and no sugar. It's then drunk hot from a mug and would be made by the drinker themselves.

48 per cent would brew the teabag for at least a minute, the study found, while nearly a third of UK tea drinkers consider the brewing time to be the most important factor when it comes to making tea.

One in 10 Brits opt for a more traditional take on tea, preferring to drink from a teacup as opposed to a mug, while a small but significant three per cent heat the milk up first.

44 per cent think they make the best cup of tea, with 14 per cent preferring ones made by their partners. However, office tea rounds prove to be something of a controversial issue, with only one per cent preferring their colleagues' tea-making methods.

Despite 'hot' being the most popular temperature for tea, 24 per cent prefer theirs 'warm' and a whopping 72 per cent take no sugar, while 17 per cent opt for replacements, such as honey or sweeteners.

As for what makes the worst cup of tea, putting to much milk in came out top (20 per cent), followed by splitting the tea bag by squeezing it too hard (16 per cent) and reheating tea in a microwave (15 per cent).

Tetley master tea blender Sebastian Michaelis said: "What I found fascinating about this research is that there are so many possible ways of making a cup of tea, but there is no secret method for the perfect cuppa. Everyone takes their tea a little differently, which is why no one can quite make it as perfectly as you. Whether you add milk or not, drink it weak or strong, what is crucial to a great cup of tea however is the blending. As for me, I pour as soon as it's boiled. Black tea tastes best when brewed in fresh water as close to boiling point as possible. As the temperature reduces, the flavours will develop for a better quality taste."

The YouGov research was commissioned by Tetley Tea to mark its 180th birthday and was analysed by mathematician Dr James Hind of Nottingham Trent University.





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