Milk or water first?
As a British citizen, tea (with milk and 1 sugar!) is life. An exaggeration? I would like to see my American friend survive without their morning coffee, and then they can criticize my addiction to my morning and afternoon cups of tea! 😉
Anyway, as said at the start, the main question is: milk first or not? Until the middle of last year, my regular exercise of making a good cup of tea would be as follows: grab a mug, put 1 tea bag in, pour in boiling water, add 1 sugar, then add milk. That, I considered, was the only way to make a good cup of tea.
One afternoon, one of my university housemates came into the kitchen and made her mug of tea as I was making mine. Shock horror, A) she didn’t add any sugar and B) she poured the milk in first with the teabag in the empty mug. I said ‘Why are you doing that?’, as I have never experienced such a trauma in my life. She said she didn’t know and it was just the way she was used to making a cup of tea. We spent a good amount of time defending our own cases. Hers was that it stems from older times when fine china would crack easily under the heat of the boiling water so the pouring in of the milk would temper the liquid. Mine was ‘How do you expect the tea leaves and their flavour to diffuse effectively?’, considering when there is the Great Wall of Milk slobbering all over them.
I have to admit, when my housemate later made me a mug of tea ‘her way’, it was brilliant! I ended up swallowing my own words (and the tea) and since have, occasionally, made my cups of tea milk first, so I guess now I am in the minority? Whilst at work experience I was also shamed for having sugar in my tea as opposed to drinking a nice hot mug of, what would then be, a muddy puddle that tastes as though someone has just accidentally dropped their bottle of milk into, and left to stew. Needless to say I now, sometimes, make my tea without sugar… when I have a nice sweet, sugary cake on the side. One thing I would never do is have my tea without milk. However following the trend in this post so far, maybe 2017 will be the year.