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A British Standard for tea?

Kite Mark black

Here at UKVending we know a thing or two about tea. Our vending machines are stocked with a wide variety of delicious tasting teas that are delivered when you want them. Something we know is that everybody has a different idea about what makes the perfect cuppa. Some like it straight black with no milk and no sweetener, other people like it sweet and milky; others like to have a proper cup of builder’s tea - strong and sweet. It seems that no one can agree what makes the proper cuppa.

Well not exactly. It appears that the British Standards Institute (BSI) no less has decided for us, what is the perfect cup of tea. The BSI is the organisation that creates standards for companies around the world and issues the famous kite mark. This august organisation has now published six, yes six, pages of guidelines on how to make the perfect cup of tea.

We haven’t got the time to tell you everything that was contained in those six pages, but here is the summary of all their hard research.

The perfect cuppa should be brewed in a pot, and the milk should be put in the cup first.

The water should be below boiling point at 185F (85C), so the milk does not scald.

The pot should be of white porcelain or glazed earthenware with its edge slightly serrated. The tea should be left in the pot to infuse for six minutes to extract the maximum flavour.

Alternatively if you don’t have the time to rustle up a British Standards Institution compliant cup of tea, check out our range of teas on our website at UKVending.

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