Sunday, June 29, 2003

I like a bit of tea with my milk and sugar

Colby Cosh discusses the ongoing controversy on how to make the perfect cup of tea. Does the milk/cream go in first or last?

I was taught to do milk-first for far more pedestrian reasons than the ones that Colby outlines.

If I put in the sugar, and then the tea, I sometimes put in slightly too much tea. Then, when I add the milk, the mixture reaches the top of the cup with the tea too strong. Then you have to pour out a little of the tea-milk mix and add more milk, causing a waste. Doing milk first avoids this mistake. Usually.

I'm sure that my parents are pros at this process (India's biggest tea customers are Scotland and my mother) but as I am a bit of a tea amateur, that's what I do.