Britons are very divided over the colour of a perfect cup of tea – with thousands of commenters weighing in with their views online, and claiming others should be ‘medically examined’ if they disagree.
The debate was sparked after the account VeryBritishProblems on X – formerly known as Twitter – which boasts 3.9 million followers, shared a photo showing a gradient of brews with different tea-to-milk ratios.
‘The correct choice is E3’, the caption read. ‘I trust there’ll be no further discussion on the matter’.
The post has racked up nearly 10 million views, as more than 1,900 made their feelings clear in the comments.
‘E3? Why not just have a cup of sump oil? B2 is the answer,’ one slammed. ‘It’s tea. It’s supposed to be bland’.
‘Anything besides F6 isn’t coffee’, another added. ‘In the UK you can never tell if it’s tea or coffee,’ a third chimed in.
‘I’m very sorry to admit that E3, or even E4 looks reasonable to me,’ one brave commenter from overseas wrote. ‘But who am I to blend into this British discussion as a continental coffee lover.’
Others were disgusted with some of the teas on offer, remarking that: ‘A1 is just a cup of milk’, and another even saying they were ‘pretty sure my toddler drinks A1’.
More cultural differences were illustrated when one Twitter user revealed: ‘I remember the first time up here in New York when I was working an outdoor job and someone said do you want a regular coffee? And I said yeah.
‘I didn’t know what a regular coffee was. It was so light and had so much sugar. I couldn’t drink it’.
This prompted a reply asserting: ‘Tea with sugar is basically sugary water. Save the teabags’.
Another joked: ‘Anyone that says A1 should be be medically examined and then publicly shamed’.
It comes following the shocking news that coffee has overtaken tea as Britain’s favourite drink.
For centuries we have been a nation of tea-drinkers. But now it seems the heyday is over – as more Britons drink coffee than good old cups of tea, a study shows.
Some 4 per cent more people in the UK drink coffee more regularly than tea, according to the Statistica Global Consumer review.
And almost double the number of packs of coffee were bought in supermarkets than packs of teabags, researchers at Kantar said.
How do you like your tea? Or have you been swayed by the allure of coffee? Let us know in the comments below.