Teatime

Students from class 2F learnt how to make English Tea this morning during their Carnival party.

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.

The traditional way of making tea is:

  • Boil some fresh cold water. (We use an electric kettle to boil water)
  • Put some hot water into the teapot to make it warm.
  • Pour the water away
  • Put one teaspoon of tea-leaves per person, and one extra tea-spoon, into the pot.
  • Pour boiling water onto the tea.
  • Leave for a few minutes.
  • Serve

Did you know? 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.

We also use the expression: “It’s not my cup of tea” to say that something isn’t to one’s taste and “that’s another cup of tea” to say that’s another matter. You can also say “I wouldn’t do it for all the tea in China” if you really don’t want to do something!

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