Posted by Aston Avery

Big Smile Tea Party 2024

The British are said to love little more than a cup of tea. However, a storm in a teacup could be brewing as new research reveals some of the quirky habits and customs that make a proper British cuppa.

For millions of Brits across the country, the humble cup of tea is more than just a drink – it’s a way of life. And now new research from Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity to mark the launch of its fundraiser, shows just how important that first cup is for kickstarting the day. Over a quarter (26%) of Brits admit they can’t leave the house until they’ve had the inaugural sip. And for nearly a third (32%), getting ready to start the day isn’t possible at all before they’ve had a cuppa.

With tea being such an important part of our day, it’s perhaps unsurprising that we find some tea making situations nerve-wracking. The data reveals that of those who admit sometimes finding making a cup of tea stressful, the top 5 situations they are most on edge is when they are making tea for their partner’s parents (32%), during a meeting (31%), for their colleagues (29%), for their boss (26%) or for tradespeople (20%). Many people will relate to choosing the right amount (and type) of milk and making sure the tea is the ‘correct’ shade.

Aston spoke to Emily Oliver from Smile Train UK and Alex Snowden, tea expert from Birchall Tea.

Photo by Rumman Amin on Unsplash

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