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It's tea 'o' clock!

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As a nation, Brits are infamous for our love of tea. It is a very common - and largely accurate - stereotype of the UK. 

All tea-drinkers tend to be quite particular about how they like their tea. When serving others tea, there are two important questions: "Would you like sugar in your tea?" and "How much milk do you like in your tea?". Unlike many countries in Europe, us Brits like our tea with milk. There are relatively few people who would relish a cup of black tea. Of course, when it comes to fruit teas milk is out of the question; it would be considered rather odd to add milk to a cup of fruit tea.

Adding sugar is the simple part: one cube or two does the trick for most people. Milk, on the other hand, can cause many problems. Some people, like my father, insist on putting the milk in the mug first and then pouring in the tea. My mother always complains about this way of doing it. She prefers to brew the tea, pour it into a mug and then add the milk. She says that this way she can make sure it ends up the right shade of brown. Some people like their tea very milky; others like it with very little milk. As far as I'm concerned, the true cup of tea should be a medium to dark brown - something we often refer to as a builder's brew

Tea can be drunk in mugs or cups; at home, many people drink from a mug, whereas tearooms tend to serve tea in cups with saucers. Often, people will have a biscuit with their tea. Lots of people like to dunk biscuits into their cup of tea. 

Tea is, of course, an essential element of the famous afternoon tea. Contrary to the stereotype, us Brits don't indulge in afternoon tea every day at 4pm. We will drink tea at any time of day, but afternoon tea is a special affair. If you're in a tearoom, it will tend to include a selection of small sandwiches and cakes with a teapot of tea. Some people opt to just have a scone (jam and cream optional) with their cup of tea.


Do you drink tea? How do you take your tea? 


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mar0305 22 February, 2019 - 16:56

In Colombia, cheese and chocolate has become a tradicional delicacy. It is an everyday routine to got a thick cup of Hot chocolate with a few slices of cheese. As the cheese melts partially, you eat it with a spoon and a slice of bread.
When comes to preparing chocolate there are many ways to do it, usually Colombians make it with water or Milk, even with both, it all depends in their preferences.
We Can drink chocolate at breakfast, as a snack, before dinner or after Lunch. It is usually served with tamales, pan de bono, eggs, bread, arepa, cheese, ajiaco, caldo de costilla and pan de yuca

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iva10 19 August, 2015 - 13:46

I drink tea only when am not feeling well or when i have temperature.I like to drink tea when it colds a bit and i like it with one little spoun of sugar.That way it's more sweet.

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Elsa007 15 April, 2015 - 12:48

I enjoy both black tea and milk tea depending on the taste of leaf. I like to drink Dargiline or Earl Grey without milk, while I drink Assam with milk. But for afternoon tea, I think black tea and sweets would perfectly match!

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SpencerHastings 15 April, 2015 - 10:26

Well I drink tea but not every day. I haven't tried tea with milk but I'm planning to. I like all types of tea but I often drink linden tea, without sugar and some days with some slices of lemon. It helps me relax, disconnect my mind for a few time and refresh it.

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hadia 14 April, 2015 - 16:07

Yes I take tea but not much. Usually I take pink tea......I don't like black tea much even though my parents like black tea very much but still I don't like it but it doesn't mean that it tastes bad! My mother makes it very well but the thing is that I prefer taking pink tea over black tea. Well! I take a cup in the morning and another in the evening. It's very beneficial for us! Everyone must try it!

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QueenGold7 14 April, 2015 - 15:49

I like drinking tea. I usually drink it out of mugs. I hate tea with milk. I tryed once, but it was terrible! I drink tea with sugar, but sometimes, when I have it with biscuits, I don't drink it sweet. I hate, when people dunk biscuits into their cups of tea.

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