It’s hard to think of England without tea drinking coming to mind. Not all English people love tea but I don’t know any who don’t!
Our consumption of it could be described as excessive. If you’ve watched British television, been to England or know an English person, you’re aware. It fixes everything for us. It is our comfort and our joy. If we’re worried or stressed, the answer is always a cup of tea. If we’re happy, putting the kettle on adds more happiness. We’ve been drinking it since we were children and like many addicts, the caffeine has little to no effect. My sister takes a cup of caffeinated tea to bed every night.
England’s love affair with tea took hold during the 18th century. Ideally, it’s accompanied by biscuits (cookies) or even better, a slice of cake. An afternoon tea takes it to a whole new level. As in a three-tiered server boasting sandwiches, scones and miniature cakes.
This is how the English make a good pot of tea …