Tea versus Coffee
Hello again. My last blog got people discussing whether the British preferred tea or coffee.
The answer is we enjoy both but there is no doubt that since the 18th Century we have been one of the biggest consumers of tea. "A nice cup of tea" really makes our day.
Tea's popularity is a historical thing when countries like India were part of the British Empire and India is where tea is grown in large quantities, so it was easy to import. London also became the centre of international tea trade.
Of course these days we make tea in a rush by just putting a tea bag in to a cup and adding hot water. But the main ingredient to make a proper cup of British tea is to add milk and optional sugar.
Herbal teas have become popular. Flavours include nettle, apple, blackcurrant and camomile flavours. They don't contain caffeine and make a refreshing drink - but it's not real tea to me!
So what about coffee? Well it's become more popular recently as the there has been a rise in the number of coffee shops opening everywhere around the UK. Coffee has more of what we call 'a kick' to it. The caffeine in it is stronger and helps make us more alert. It used to come in just instant form where you added hot water to the coffee granules - not for me!
Now you can drink cafetiere coffee, filter coffee and percolated coffee. And these days, Italian style coffee has become big business with people sipping cappuccinos and lattes with their friends. These can be made in various ways with different strengths and different types of milk. I prefer a 'double strength skinny latte. The latest style to come from Australia is a 'flat white' which is a stronger coffee.
Anyway, whatever you prefer there seems to be a type just for you whether it's tea or coffee.
What's your favourite and why?