Here in the UK we are known the world over for our quaint little traditions, and none more than our obsession with a cup of tea. We love the stuff, in fact 26% of people drink more than 6 cups a day and it contributes to a massive amount of our daily fluid intake. You might say that as a nation, our love affair with the good old brew will never end.
Tea was originally brought to the UK by a Portuguese Queen and was exclusive to the rich and famous but over the years has become a staple to our day.
There are lots of ways you can drink tea and the eternal milk first or water first argument reigns through the office when we meet around the kettle. Did you know however that in the past people who were referred to as “a bit of milk first” were deemed to be lower class, and uncouth?
Now the banter is a lot more light-hearted, and there is even a range of mugs that you can purchase with different pantones on the side so when people are making you a cup they know EXACTLY how much milk you have in a perfect cuppa. Never again will you have to sneak back to the fridge to add a splash more milk while making sure that the person kind enough to make the tea doesn’t spot you!
Through the ages, afternoon tea has become a fantastic tradition that we love. In fact, the humble cupcake, that has risen to star status recently, originated in the UK. Servants on tight budgets stole the discarded old tea sets when they were replaced in the big house upstairs, and made cakes in them when there was a shortage of cake tins.
Today, afternoon tea is taken with a selection of finger cakes or a good old scone and cream, referred to as a cream tea and seen as a fantastic luxury treat, maybe due to the amount of calories!
Tea is naturally refreshing, and did you know that when consumed in the heat it will lower your body temperature? It’s a myth that to drink a cold drink makes you cooler, as your body feels the freeze and tries to up its core temperature. By drinking a good old cuppa, your body will cool. Interesting, huh?
When taken with milk, four cups of tea a day will provide you with nearly 20% of your daily calcium requirement, 5% folic acid, vitamins B1, B2 and B6 and a healthy helping of zinc. What’s not to love?
So how do you like your tea? Earl grey, English breakfast tea, Ceylon… the possibilities are endless. Add milk, add sugar, a dash of lemon; however you like to drink yours it’s not going to run out any time soon.