After a woman shared a photo of a cup of tea made for her by her boyfriend recently, the internet was united in confusion and disgust. The offending image, shared on Reddit, was posted with a caption: ‘Mourn the teabag that died for this brew my boyfriend made me.’
reports that the offending cuppa was in a black mug, and the contents looked more ‘soup-like’ and pale in comparison to a typical English Breakfast Tea. The appearance of foam on the rim of the mug caused Redditors to question why it looked like that, and what it was supposed to be in the first place.
One commenter: “Did he make it from the cold tap? Did he reuse an old tea bag from the bin? I literally don't understand how it's possible to make tea that weak.”
Another Reddit user said the boyfriend should be taught a lesson, commenting that he should write out two pages on lines, ‘I must not make terrible tea ever again’, although maybe he should first learn to make a non-terrible cup of tea.
“When he gives it to you don't even look at it and throw it straight in the bin. Maintain eye contact throughout. He needs to learn,” they added.
A third user suggested divorce, despite the pair not being married. “Marry him, then divorce him for this blasphemy. A simple breakup will not serve as punishment for this hate crime.”
Maybe an overreaction, but perhaps a British court would rule it a good enough reason to petition for divorce.
Other users described the mug of tepid cloudy water as ‘chicken stock’ and ‘dishwasher water’, and the majority of the 2,800 comments were of shock and disbelief. The post has so far received 30,000 likes.
But why do Brits care so much about tea? We’re famous for it, to the point that our American cousins tipped chests of tea into Boston harbour as the worst insult imaginable to an Englishman. Many china cups and saucers in the UK rattled furiously in 1773 over that insult.
It has been estimated that around 100 million cups are made daily, which equates to 36 billion cups a year. In comparison, only 70 million cups of coffee are made daily, 30 per cent less than tea.
Tea, of course, is very popular in Britain, but China is said to be the world’s largest producer of the famous brew, followed closely by India and then Kenya.
According to the website, 98 per cent of British tea drinks take it with milk.
Just don’t ask a tea drinker if they put the milk in first or last unless you want to start a fight. The ‘milk first or last debate’ has been raging for centuries in the British Isles, and even inspired a to settle the argument once and for all!
(Spoiler: Milk goes in last.)
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