Tea Tips: What should come first the water or the milk?

Research at University College London claims to have discovered the secret to the perfect cup of tea.

 A cup of tea is a fundamental part of everyday life for the majority of people in modern Britain - in fact tea is so essential to our routine, that it is difficult to imagine life without it! So it came as a bit of a shock when according to the University College London, we have all been getting the brewing process wrong!

Research at University College London claims to have discovered the secret to the perfect cup of tea.

The age old debate as to whether milk should be added first has been cleared up, thanks to a study by Cravendale milk in 2011, which found that the if made in a mug the milk should always be added afterwards so that it does not interfere with the brewing process. But if made in a pot, the milk should be added first.Here at Dreams Come True we have been perfecting our tea making skills ready for Dream Tea in June and wanted to share with you some facts and tips on making that perfect cuppa!


They found that tea must be allowed to brew for five minutes to allow complex flavours to emerge. Dream Tea* ambassador and prolific tea consultant Malcolm Ferris Lay who works for the tea council, travels the world lecturing on tea and advises The Royal Collection, the Director General of the Indian Tea Board and afternoon tea venues across the world such as The Ritz, The Dorchester and The Savoy says: 

“In the UK, we are always in a rush and the average person leaves their tea to brew for just 30 seconds, which is not long enough and one of the main problems in tea making. Something else that is important is to always use freshly boiled water, a warmed pot and good quality tea. It's important to say that in the UK we drink 165 million cups of tea every day so we are experts at making tea. Forget all the information on how to make the best cup - the most important thing is that you make your tea the way you like it. It’s about enjoying a relaxing moment over a cup of tea made the way you enjoy.”

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Author: Hannah Attenburrow

Date: 18/03/2015

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