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The Great British Cup of Tea - Fancy A Cuppa?

Updated on March 20, 2012

Great British Cup of Tea

Ever since the 17th Century the British have had a love affair with the quintessential British beverage, tea.

The great British cuppa is the most favoured product on the island and there is not anything else we eat or drink that comes close in popularity. Brits drink 165 million cups of tea a day, that’s a whopping 14 billion litres of tea a year. We love tea for its refreshing taste and believe it or not, its health benefits, which are many.

Tea for Every Occasion

There's Nothing Like A Cup of Tea to Cheer You Up

This is literally true. Brits drink tea for every occasion and believe it can solve anything. No matter what the problem is the Brits always turn to a cuppa to ease the pain. After an argument, a lover’s tiff, an accident, or shock (when you must serve a sweet cup of tea) and even a death, you can hear the Brits say things like ‘put kettle on’ ‘oh, make a brew’ ‘want a cuppa tea love’ ‘She’s had a shock make a sweet cup of tea’ in the hope that it will relieve tensions or give comfort!


Health Benefits of Tea

Did you know that tea contains over 700 natural chemicals including thiamine, which helps us to relax and fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. It also contains antioxidants that can help in the fight against heart disease, strokes and cancer. It packs a very powerful punch. But all these beneficial properties are locked up in the leaves and are only released when the tea is brewed. Science shows that the length of time taken to brew tea is important and 7 minutes is the optimum amount of time that it should be brewed. For me 7 minutes is way too long,’ that’s stewing tea that smells like old socks!’ Apparently adding milk does not make any difference to the beneficial.


Tea Customs

Afternoon tea is a custom that was created by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 1800's when she started to have tea in the afternoon around 4.p.m. to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. In those days dinner was served quite late compared to today, and 8 o’clock was the norm for serving dinner. Afternoon tea became very fashionable and developed into high tea with little fairy cakes for women in polite society.

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    • editorsupremo profile image

      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Leroy, I do think 'fairy' cakes is a name peculiar to the UK shores.

      I also enjoy reading about different foods from around the world and I am often cooking foods from different cultures. It's great and fortunately my family love to taste foods that are different to our Caribben culture, so I have a ready made bunch of tasters!

      Hold back on the sugar too much is not good for you!

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      Leroyworld 5 years ago from Texas, No place else


      Thanks. I have always wondered what fairy cakes were. I like reading about different food and drink from around the world. Twinning has a tea blend called "English Breakfast Tea" that I like to drink hot.

      Iced tea will quench thirst unless I overload it with sugar. That is very common bad habit around here.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Hey Leroy, Regardless of the weather, hot or cold we still drink tea. In fact hot tea is refreshing and actually quenches your thirst. Fairy cakes are like small cup cakes!

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      Leroyworld 5 years ago from Texas, No place else

      Interesting. Here in Texas, we usually drink iced tea brewed in the sun. It's hot down here. Still, hot tea is catching on.

      Just one question. What are fairy cakes?