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What goes first: milk or tea?

It’s an age-old debate. What goes first: milk or tea? 

There are strong arguments for both sides.

Many people insist tea must go first to achieve so you can tailor it to your preferences, whether you drink it strong or milky.

Even scientists have joined in on the debate. According to experiments by researchers at Loughborough University, putting the milk in second means it heats unevenly, sometimes affecting the taste and leading to the ‘film’ that sometimes forms. To preserve the taste, milk must go first.

While scientists think it should be milk first, Her Majesty the Queen is tea-first, and tea goes in the cup first at Buckingham Palace.

George Orwell famously said in his 1946 essay that tea first is best. Others insist milk-first is best so it doesn’t crack the crockery.

Where do you stand? Do you pour the milk into your cup first, or start with tea and add milk after? Have your say then share your stories in the comments below! 

 

 

What goes first: milk or tea?

618 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Milk Tea

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Len33
6th Jul 2019
1
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Tea bag first, then add milk.
For my part, the 'teapot' went the way of the dinosaur and so did the saucer, toast rack, cake stand and doily!
VeraS
30th Jun 2019
0
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shrew1742
29th Jun 2019
0
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If I want a quick cuppa using a tea bag in the cup/mug I add the milk second, but if I am poring from a teapot the milk goes in first.
LyndaR5
28th Jun 2019
0
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I think it's a northern thing to put milk in first. Me, my family and all my friends from here oop north do it.t.
Wilf
26th Jun 2019
1
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If its with a tea bag then water first...if loose tea then milk first....simples!
playgroup4
25th Jun 2019
2
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Milk first then tea to scald the milk.
Suze q
24th Jun 2019
1
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Like the tea first as I like mine pretty weak so can then add the milk
LornaLeicester
23rd Jun 2019
1
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'MIF' (milk in first) used to be gossip code to describe a person of being of lower class...
LyndaR5
28th Jun 2019
1
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Aye, guess it's right then cos me and all the working class folk I know put MIF!
marvelous
23rd Jun 2019
2
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Tea is fine without the milk. Just tea for me
Ponypal01
22nd Jun 2019
3
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Both my grandmas put milk in the cup first! Who am I to argue with those two dear souls? It will always be milk in first for me!
Yodama
22nd Jun 2019
5
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To put the milk in first is risky, You may inadvertently put in too much milk then the tea flavour disappears. You are then left with a weak, milky unpalatable cup of tea.
"Crickets piddle" as it is known.

Embarrasing if you happen to be in the company of the "Ladies what do lunch!" Who will closely examine their book of "etiquette" in the bathroom in between sips of their perfectly poured cups.

To put the tea in first gives you the option of making it a more robust cup of tea and therefore more satisfying
"Builders tea!".

Simple!...Blimey I could get a degree on this thesis....or not!
Bikergran666
21st Jun 2019
3
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I don’t have milk so it would have to be tea first!

The reasoning behind the question is supposed to stem from the time when china cups were used. It was said that you had to pour the milk in first to stop the delicate china from cracking.
I don’t know how true it is, just sayin’

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