T​he big tea debate: Milk first? Science has the answer

How do you take yours?

Laura Bowes posted in Tea

27w ago

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A​h 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...

I​n 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.

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Comments (13)

  • I put the milk in afterwards as I think that’s right but I know for a fact James May does it the other way around as he respects the laws of physics. So I’m not sure. But I do know for a fact you put far too much milk in your tea😂

      11 months ago
  • There is a special place on a mental ward if you think Milk goes first 🤦‍♂️

      11 months ago
  • The correct method:

    1. Grab milk

    2. Put it back in the fridge

    3. Pour yourself a cup of tea

      11 months ago
  • If you put milk in first, then you're not brewing your tea in 100 degrees are you?

      6 months ago
  • Just measuring everything to a T. (Pun half intended).

      6 months ago
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