The big tea debate: Milk first? Science has the answer
How do you take yours?
Ah tea, a cuppa, builders' brew... whatever you call it, it's a staple in Britain. However, the debate behind how to make a perfect brew has been going on for years! Does the milk go in before the tea? Does the water and tea bag go in first and then milk? Do you remove the teabag before adding milk? Science has had the answer all along...
In fact in 1946, George Orwell himself put forward a test to see what is correct. Dr Stapley, senior lecturer of chemical engineering at Loughborough University came to the conclusion that putting the milk in after the water is wrong! Apparently, this action results in the milk being unevenly heated, which leads to 'clumpy' milk. So is that the answer?
Many would argue not. It seems most people prefer to add milk at the end in order to establish the colour of the tea before milking it. I must add however, I am also guilty of the ultimate 'tea crime': adding milk before removing the bag... oops.