National Tea Day 2022: how to make the perfect cup of tea

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National Tea Day falls on April 21st and celebrates the history of Britain’s love affair with the classic drink

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Here’s everything you need to know about National Tea Day and how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

What is National Tea Day?

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National Tea Day falls on April 21st and celebrates the history of Britain’s love affair with tea.

The aim of the day is to help people understand how tea came to Britain and why it became such a popular drink across class lines.

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The slogan of this year’s National Tea Day is “Brew More. Do More” where people are encouraged to meet up with friends and family over a cup of tea.

What color of tea is your perfect brew? (Graphic: JPIMedia)

Why are we celebrating National Tea Day?

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National Tea Day was first celebrated in 2016 to share the story behind the nation’s most popular drink.

Tea was first popularized in England in 1662 by Catherine of Braganza, who married King Charles II. She was an avid tea drinker and her dowry even included several cases of it.

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While Catherine continued to drink tea in Britain, she quickly set a trend at the royal court.

Why do the British drink tea?

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Tea is not just a drink, it is an important part of British culture and identity.

Originally a drink of the aristocracy, thanks to the East India Company, tea eventually became a drink that everyone could enjoy and afford, regardless of social standing.

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It is estimated that around 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day.

Why do the British put milk in their tea?

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When you go on vacation, you often find that only the British put milk in their tea.

The practice began in the 17th and 18th centuries when tea was served in fine china cups.

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To prevent them from bursting from the heat of the tea, milk was added to cool the liquid.

There is another theory that milk was added due to the tea’s bitter taste. This also explains why the habit of adding sugar to your tea is also popular in the UK.

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What does your cup of tea say about you?

How you drink your tea is an individual preference. There are many ways to enjoy a good brew these days, with many varieties and flavors.

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People can enjoy their tea in bags, loose leaf, with milk, black, or with lemon and honey.

But there’s always that age-old question, do you add the milk before or after?

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Current tea etiquette recommends that you should only add your milk after you’ve infused your tea, and that your tea may have a richer flavor if you do it the other way around.

How to prepare the perfect cup of tea

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Whilst debating how to make the perfect cup of tea, this recipe below is an easy way to make great tasting tea in no time.

First place your tea bag in a teapot filled with hot water and let the pot steep for 2 minutes.

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Pour your tea into your cup, leaving enough space for the desired amount of milk.

Stir your tea clockwise 2-3 times, keeping the spoon on your saucer.

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Add sugar and stir again if necessary.

Enjoy the perfect cup of tea.

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