How do you like your tea?

Sweet and milky please. Sacrilege? Tell me how you really drink your tea.


We’ve all got ideas on how tea should be drunk. Sugar or no sugar? Milk first or tea first? Does it taste better if it’s made in a teapot? (Chris Hitchens certainly thought so.)

Malcolm Gladwell’s 2004 TED talk on choice and happiness shows how what people say they like isn’t always reflected in their choices. Ask someone how they like their coffee, and they’ll tell you they want it black and rich, especially if they’re being pretentious. The reality is most people would rather a caramel latte than a burning hot double espresso.

I wonder how many Brits, in the solitude of their own kitchens, stir in rather more sugar into their tea than they’d like to admit.

Pass the demerararara.


Author: Stuart Hughes

Twenty-something from the hills and vales of Wales, grappling with the logistics of becoming a little more cosmopolitan.

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