Miss Cole's Tea Time: THE GREAT MILK DEBATE
Making tea is pretty easy. There's no need to get super technical about it when you're first starting out. But there's this one thing that will keep coming up over and over again. Especially if your British, because we like to argue about these things. A lot. In fact almost every time someone pops the kettle on, this will be a source of debate.
Do you put the milk in before or after you pour the tea in?
Science will tell you to put the milk in first. Why? Because then the tea warms up the milk rather than putting it in second where the milk chills the tea. At least that's my interpretation of it. And when you're sat at your desk writing and don't want to have to get up anytime soon, tea that stays warmer for longer is a good thing.
Problem is, if you're making tea out of a bag, and you dump in into milk while the kettle's boiling, you're going to lose some of the taste to milk and the leaves won't flow so freely. And there's a risk of adding too much milk if you put it in first. Enjoy that mug milky hot water with a hint of black tea! You have to learn to judge these things, and I'd be lying if I said I got it right every time.
If I'm making tea with bags, the milk goes in after the water. If I'm making it with leaves, the milk goes in... yep, still second. I only put the milk in first when I'm taking a teapot to my desk and it hasn't finished brewing.
Science, I respectfully choose to ignore your findings.
How about you? When do you put the milk in your tea?