Tea in Britain
Britain is a tea-drinking nation. Every day we drink 165 million cups of the stuff and each year around 144 thousand tons of tea are imported.
Tea in Britain is traditionally brewed in a warmed china teapot, adding one spoonful of tea per person and one for the pot. Most Britons like their tea strong and dark, but with a lot of milk.
If someone asks you if you ‘would like a cuppa‘, they are asking if you would like a cup of tea.
If someone says ‘let me be mother‘ or ‘shall I be mother‘, they are offering to pour out the tea from the teapot.
Tea break, High Tea, tea time, tea party, tea towel and many more terms have derived from the tradition of drinking tea.
Tea breaks are when tea and biscuits are served. The traditional time for tea breaks are at 11:00 am (Elevensee) and 4 pm in the afternoon.
If something is not quite to your taste, it’s probably ‘not your cup of tea‘ e. g. Windsurfing is not my cup of tea.