It’s official, we are a nation of tea guzzlers. If you add up all the cuppas drunk in the UK each year, you could fill 5,300 Olympic swimming pools, a new study says. That’s a lot of tea.
According to the survey, each of us drinks on average 17 cups of tea a week, which amounts to 265 litres of the stuff a year – enough to bathe in three times over.
In London, we drink the least, but spend the most on tea – no doubt, splashing the cash on teas while out and about at one of our capital’s hip new artisan tea bars.
But just what kind of tea are we buying for our kitchen cupboards? It seems we’re moving away from the traditional ‘milk and two sugars’ towards fancier teas, with women twice as likely as men to go herbal.
Tea expert Malcolm Ferris Lay, who advises the Ritz among others, says: “We are seeing a rise in the popularity of flavoured teas as more people are becoming experimental and looking for healthier alternatives to the ‘builder’s tea’. We are a country that loves tea and we aren’t about to be cutting down anytime soon. It is part of our culture.”
MALCOLM’S GUIDE FOR MAKING THE PERFECT CUPPA
• If you are making Green tea make sure the water is not boiling as it makes the tea bitter. Make it with water off the boil.
• Whichever type of tea you make, don’t buy the cheap stuff. You definitely get what you pay for and tea is about treating yourself to a break
• The joy is in lovingly making the tea and serving it. Enjoy the process.
• If you want to go the extra mile with loose tea leaves but you haven’t got a tea pot, use a cafetiere.
• Always use fresh water for every brew.
• Always use your favourite mug or china cup. Tea really does taste best from your favourite.