Coffee is by far the most popular drink in the world; more than 400 billion cups are consumed every year. However, British people are famous for loving tea the most, or we rather say, they only love and drink tea. But that is a huge misconception. Surprisingly, studies on regular coffee drinkers show that the average male drinks 13 cups of coffee per week, whereas a female drinks only 11. In 2012, the calculated amount of money spent on coffee was £730 million.
As an international student, should you go for coffee or tea? Most of our student accommodations, if not all, have an on-site drinks area, and of course, they have both coffee and tea. Some students are addicted to British English tea, aren't they?
Internationally speaking, it is hard to understand how someone can survive the day without a strong cup of coffee, but Britishly speaking, yes, it happens. In a nutshell, teas were first brought to Britain by the East India Company in the early 17th century and it was considered as an expensive product that only the rich can drink. The British developed their love of teas during the years of the British Empire in India. Today, the UK almost has 1,500 different teas which vary in style, taste, and colour.
There are Indian teas, like Darjeeling, Ceylon, Assam, Broken Orange Pekoe; China teas, like Lapsang Souchong, Yunnan; and there are many other varieties from other countries which include green teas, white teas and aromatics. Also, there are other varieties from both India and China.
Which is first: Milk or Tea?
The debate of whether to pour milk before tea or tea before milk made tea experts interested in experimenting the difference and announce it to the public. Originally, milk was always added before tea to prevent the cracking of the delicate china cups. Although tea experts agree with this, they also stated that pouring milk after pouring hot tea alters the flavour of the tea.
When surfing health-related websites, it is noticeably stated than hidden that tea is considered as a health booster. The best for heart health, longer life, lowering cholesterol, weight loss, alertness and bone strength is tea.
What is Coffee here for then? Coffee is a great natural antioxidant.
Both coffee and tea contain a lot of antioxidants that reduce inflammation and repair cellular damage. They are nutrients called polyphenols. Two and half times more polyphenols are found in coffee than tea. Further, coffee consumption, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. In other words, coffee is good for your digestive system.
Originally, the raw tea leaves contain more caffeine than coffee beans; however, in the preparation process, both get diluted. The result is that a cup of coffee has more caffeine than that of a tea’s. So, if you have been thinking about whether or not to get soaked up in the UK’s tea culture, here are all the facts that you might need. Remember! tea has a longer history than coffee.
It is noteworthy to mention that all of UK student accommodations come with fitted kitchens, however, numerous others make it easier for students and offer Grab-to-Go coffees and teas so that students can drink on their way to their university or just enjoy drinking a cup of coffee/tea with their friends/flatmates in the communal lounges.