"Brew, Sir?"

Which is it?

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War Hero
Now I've always prided myself on my tea-making abilities, they being handed down to me from father to son in time-honoured fashion. However, my faith in the world has been shattered by an increasingly frequent contact with heretics.

These unbelievers tell me that it is wrong to place the milk in the cup first.

I disagree in two counts:

1) I read in a paper aggges ago that scientists have proved that milk in first is better.

2) I can better judge the correct amount of milk

As the British Army consumes 23% of the worlds tea supply, I would be interested to know your views...
I read somewhere, something about putting the milk in with the teabag whilst you are boiling the water, lets the milk get slightly warmer due to a room-temperature mug, thus is less likely to get "Scalded" by hot water.
I make a great cuppa, thank you very much.
Also, fcuk the enviromentalists, its freshly boiled water everytime.

Add: Milk judging is a skill learnt through experience, you should be able to pour the right amount, everytime. Without fail.
MIF is the way forward, but of course this is only applicable if you're using a teapot.

Putting the milk in the cup together with the teabag is soooo wrong!
If you listened to the news this morning you will have heard that putting milk in your tea at all negates the beneficial effect that (black) tea can have on your vascular system. Therefore perhaps black tea only should be advocated, thus negated the need for this line of questioning?


Alternatively, we could all grow up to be adult and make our own decisions about how we like our tea!
You bleedin eathens! Tea is an infusion, as such, the leaves need to be steeped in water as hot as possible. Adding milk too early prevents the tea from exuding its full flavour.
Scalding is not an issue with tea, only with coffee which is a decoction.


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Tea should be made with boiling hot water to allow the leaves release the flavour and colour. By adding the milk first your reducing the temp of the water thus the quality of the tea. However if you are making coffee, milk can go in first as butting boiling hot water onto the bean with scald the bean and reduce flavour. So to sum up milk last for tea and firts for coffee.
Fcuk me, Bouillabaisse was right!
Do what i have just done next time you have to make a brew, try both ways, and realise that MIF is the way forward!


War Hero
So to avoid scalding, put the milk in first WHILST boiling the water, multi-tasking here, so it reaches room temp, the same as the cup. Meanwhile, use a teapot to release the tea and let it brew before adding to the milk...


Milk in first came about because fine bone china tea cups would crack if boiling tea from a pot was poured straight in, and i agree tea is an infusion so out of a pot is best!
Thats what my mum told me and im sticking with it!



War Hero
Tartan_Terrier said:
MIF is the way forward, but of course this is only applicable if you're using a teapot.

Putting the milk in the cup together with the teabag is soooo wrong!

I have just made 2 wets , first one MIF and the next is MIS.MIF is slightly hotter.However force of habit will ensure i will always have MIS.


War Hero
At my first posting my DSO would give me a clip round the old earhole if he caught me putting the milk in first. Good enough reason for me to put the milk in last :wink:


War Hero
Who care's. So long as the brew in question is:

Hot enough to scald the scum off the inside of Jade Goody's spunk stained knickers.

So thick that, when the mug is inverted, the brew defies gravity by clinging desperately to the inside surface of the cup. Just like Heather Mills-McCartney to Uncle Paul’s bank balance.

Sweet enough to rot a set of squaddies teeth at 20 yards. Six sugar's as a minimum please and it must never be drunk from an enameled cup. Tin plate or plastic only.

Has a dark brown colour, reminiscent of the product of a week on compo, followed by your first meal incorporating fresh rations.

You lot must be bloody officers or new liarbour politicians. Form over substance every soddin time.
Definately milk in second, nothing worse than making a brew with a milky teabag. Boiling hot water should be poured onto the teabag, then milk added whilst stirring, improving the bonding of the milk & tea. I work for local government so am very much used to making and drinking tea :)

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