5 ways to make the best cuppa according to the British standards
British people like their cuppa many different ways and it’s advisable to ask them first instead of taking the initiative. If you get it wrong there’s a chance that they’ll get pretty annoyed. If you are going to have a British friend or a colleague around for a cuppa, then learn the ways to make it right, below.
British people call standard English breakfast tea with milk “tea” and that’s what they drink most of the time. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds because there are various ways to make it. The other tip is that most Brits don’t actually like Earl Grey.
1 Milk first
The old-fashioned way to have your tea is to pour milk first and then add the tea. Those who like it this way believe that by adding milk first their tea will get a nicer milkier taste and you know exactly how much milk you are using. Also this method requires brewing loose tea separately instead of using a teabag.
2 Very watery tea
Some can’t stand strong tea and make it look more like milky water than actual tea. When making such tea you must make sure that you add quite a lot of cold milk to the hot water and only then dunk a teabag once or twice in the white ‘substance’.
3 Strong tea
If your British guest has a taste for a stronger cuppa leave the teabag for slightly longer and squeeze it very well before removing. Finish a perfect cuppa with a dash of milk unless they like it quite milky.
4 Sugary tea
There are a lot of Brits out there who have a sweet tooth. They will ask you for a spoonful of sugar and won’t say no to a desert.
Once you’ve made a perfect cuppa for your British guest make sure you offer them biscuits to dunk in their tea. This is the best part of a British ‘tea ceremony’.
5 No milk, lemon please
In this situation your guest has most likely requested Earl Grey which normally isn’t drunk with milk but with a slice of lemon. I still advise that you ask first otherwise the cuppa will be wasted.
There’s also another tea – lapsang souchong – that is customarily drunk with lemon.