I love tea. It’s hard to beat a properly brewed cuppa tea with just the right amount of milk and sugar.
Look, I’ve been known to even have a cuppa on a night out!
It’s my drink of choice for every situation.
Tired? Have some tea!
Stressed? Here, tea will make you feel better.
Cold? Ah, here’s some tea.
Hot? How about a cup of tea?
Dodgy tummy? Here, a cup of tea will do no harm!
I was brought up to believe there was nothing a nice cup of tea couldn’t fix! (My Granny instilled this in me at a very early age.)
Now, I do like my tea a certain way. But I’m not one to judge people if they add sugar or not (one sugar for me, thanks) or on how much milk they put in, (Personally I’m somewhere between a 2D and a 3B)
Also I’ve microwaved a cold cuppa for 30-odd seconds on more than one occasion, so I’m not that picky!
But there is one thing that I stand firm on, and that is whether ‘proper’ tea is made by a Miffy (milk in first) or a Tiffy (tea in first). Yes, those are the technical terms 😂😂 (love it!!). And for me, it’s the Tiffies all the way!
The tea/milk debate has become somewhat of a running joke between myself and John over the years (he’s a Miffy 🙄). I say joke, he did once stop making me tea for ages because of it. I don’t blame him, I tend to be relentless when (I think) I’m right!)
So who does actually make the perfect cuppa?
(Or, as I’m going to put it, who makes a better cup of tea, me or John?)
Now before I cause a nationwide riot (and John revokes his tea making services… again) let me present some facts for your consideration.
First off, some personal evidence I gathered this week:
A combined poll on FB and Instagram showed that
“tea in first” was the most popular by 72% to 28%. (These polls aren’t anonymous guys, I know who the Miffies are!!! 😂😂)
“That’s all well and good” I hear you say, “but surely the ‘professionals’ have an opinion!?!”
Well, yes, I should think so. So in the interest of fairness I asked Twinnings, Typhoo and Yorkshire Tea to see what they had to say on the matter (see, I’m nothing if not thorough!).
There was no sitting on the fence with Typhoo and their personal preference 😂 tea in first all the way!!!
Twinnings and Yorkshire tea were more diplomatic and quite informative (who knew using fresh water as opposed to re-boiled made a difference!)
But both agreed that if you’re making tea in a mug or cup it’s better to add the tea first so it can brew, then add the milk. And if you’re using a teapot, it doesn’t matter either way.
Does that mean the answer is ‘it depends’? 🤔 Surely not!?!
In my (self-proclaimed) expert opinion tea goes in first. All the time. No question!
I mean, how do you know how strong the tea is going to be when it comes out of the pot, you could end up with hot watery milk. (ewwwww no!)
Then there’s the chance you‘ve poured in too much milk and let’s be honest there’s no coming back from that!
Maybe If I found someone with a bit of influence to give their verdict it would help settle the matter. For instance, according to her royal butler, The Queen is a Tiffy, so I’m definitely in good company.
But then, back in 2014. some scientists (who decided to stick their nose in where it didn’t belong) decreed that, scientifically speaking, it was best to put the milk in first! Apparently it had to do with preventing uneven heating of the milk 🙄
(I’d say “what do they know?”, but then, they know a lot so that’s that argument out the window!)
Well, no matter, I’ve come to the (uncomfortable) conclusion that i am both right (told ya so, John!) and maybe a very tiny bit wrong about the tea/milk issue.
It seems its all down to personal choice. (You can choose to make tea wrong if you wish…😂😂😂)
But seriously. If you want to make a good cup of tea here’s what I found out for sure:
Use freshly boiled water every time.
Milk in first gives the best flavour, IF you can trust yourself to get the quantity right.
If you care about brewing it correctly, put milk in last.
If making tea for a group of people using a tea pot, it’s better to put the milk in last.
When making tea in a mug, brew the tea fully and remove the tea bag before adding milk.
So, technically speaking, the correct way to make tea, whether you are a Miffy or a Tiffy, is “any way you want”!
Not that this will stop me, or anyone else from debating this controversial subject. Just read the inevitable comments. 😂
Feel free to leave a comment on whether you’re a Miffy or a Tiffy or how you take your tea. Or even your tea horror stories (I have one about accidentally drinking tea with a weird kinder toy in it, but that’s a story for another time).