Paper Monitor: Tea-making etiquette

Paper Monitor knows from experience what a tricky task the tea run can be.

Not just who does it and how often. (Paper Monitor is in a round - in theory anyway).

But how strong/weak/dark/light/milky/sweet the perfect cuppa should be.

So the Daily Mail's story on the "safest way to make an inoffensive brew" was met with some interest.

The answer? Keep it "light-brown", apparently. Although 35% of people like it "mid-brown". And one in 10 of us like it "strong brown".

Let's just hope everyone's shades of brown are the same then.

For a little more insight into this controversial matter, the paper has some other handy tips.

Scots have the sweetest tooth - with 41% taking sugar in their tea - while one in five Londoners want a biscuit with their tea.

Meanwhile in the South West, nearly one in three Britons wants their tea in a teapot.

The Times also devotes its page three to Britain's special relationship with its tea.

"We can't grow it and, according to the experts, we destroy its fine flavours with milk and two sugars. But that has not stopped us from drinking 11 million gallons of the stuff each day," it reports.

Average consumption is 3.5 cups a day, but 25% of us will get through five or more cups a day - with one in 20 downing 10 or more, it reveals.

Then there's the 14 million people who say they could not function without it.

"It may have become impossible to walk more than 37 yards in even the remotest nook of Britain without tripping over a branch of Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero, but coffee is still not everyone's cup of tea," it says.

Then there's the simple suggestion nearly 50% of us feel better after a cuppa.

Paper Monitor is off to put the kettle on.

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