A Tea Survey settles the great debate

YouGov has settled the longest running tea debate of all time – in the UK* –  with an extensive tea survey in July this year.

The ‘milk first or milk last’ war has waged for decades but the outcome of the survey surely settles the matter revealing that an amazing 79% of Britons put milk in last – a healthy and decisive majority compared to other recent nationwide votes …

It seems though that the preference varies markedly according to the tea-drinkers age. Older people tend to add milk first compared to a mere 4% of 18-24 year olds who do so. This percentage increases as you work through the age groups with 15% of 25-49 year olds, 24% of 50-64 year olds and 32% of those aged over 65.

* This seems to be a very British debate as most other countries drink their tea without milk at all (excluding Chai of course …)


The YouGov survey also reveals the most popular strength of a British Cup of tea. YouGov gave the public an eight-point strength scale as show below. As you can see, almost half (47%) liked an E-strength cuppa, 14% like their tea to be one degree more milky, and 19% one degree less milky. What about you? Are you an A or an H…?

And are we a tea drinking nation?

The survey also looked into the level of tea drinking among the population. Six out of  ten Brits (58%) say they drink tea daily, with 11% saying they drink more than five a day.  22% have shunned our national beverage entirely. They really don’t know what they’re missing out on!

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