• Question: Do you put the milk or water in first when making tea?

    Asked by anonymous to Steve, Emma, Christian, Bose, Alice on 9 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Emma Dean

      Emma Dean answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      Water always first in the cup so the tea can be brewed properly. Which way do you do it?

    • Photo: Alice Harpole

      Alice Harpole answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      If you are using a teapot (as you should), then you should always put your milk in the teacup first. Traditionally, this was so that you did not crack your bone china teacups by pouring boiling water straight onto the cold china. Nowadays, it also ensures that the temperature and milk in your tea is evenly distributed.

    • Photo: Steve Marsden

      Steve Marsden answered on 10 Mar 2016:

      Finally an important question! Definitely the water first. Tea has such a lovely colour that you completely miss out on if you put the milk in first.

      I drink a lot of herbal/fruit/green/black/white teas, so in a lot cases of cases there’s no milk anyway.

    • Photo: Christian Killow

      Christian Killow answered on 11 Mar 2016:

      Alice is making me feel self concious about my tea-habits now! I only see a teapot in action at my parents place (and there it gets some serious action). In my house it’s bag in the cup, water, bag out, milk in. And Bob’s your Uncle’s brother.

    • Photo: Benjamin Bose

      Benjamin Bose answered on 14 Mar 2016:

      My perfect cup of tea is hot water right over the teabag, let it steep for a while till it’s almost black. With a spoon remove the teabag and then leave the spoon resting in the mug. Then pour evaporated milk along the spoon resting in the mug so that it swirls out into the dark tea – try it 😀