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Survey reveals British are making tea wrong

Monday, 06 Apr 2015

Perfect cup of teaAccording to this article in The Telegraph, British people are making tea wrong and the science is there to prove it.

The British Science Association conducted the research as part of British Science Week where they asked over 1000 adults about their tea making habits. The survey revealed that 80% of us Brits were failing to brew their tea for the required amount of time.

Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, said: "This may be controversial, but the British do not understand how to make tea! Or at least they're not doing it properly. And it's because they don't understand the variables.

"Expediency is causing us to throw chemistry out of the window; we're not allowing our tea to brew for long enough to release the flavours properly."
According to The British Standard's Institution the perfect way to make a cup of tea is as followed;

You need a pot made of porcelain, and there must be at least two grams of tea to every 100ml of water. The temperature can't go beyond 85 degrees when served but should be above 60 degrees for "optimum flavour and sensation" and brew for six minutes to allow the flavours to extract from the tea bag.

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