A Great British Cup of Tea
It may not be the weather for a hot cup of tea, but that doesn't stop the English from enjoying a cup. But when was the last time you had a tea break at work?
Tetley have launched a Bring Back the Tea Break Campaign, after research suggests that 44% of people feel they are too busy to take a regular tea break. I was surprised to also discover that a quarter of people think that their employees would allow them to. Luckily, I don't feel like this is problem in my workplace, but often when we have a busier period, we forget to take a break.
However Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says 'Research has time and time again that striking a balance by taking short breaks during the working day increases people’s productivity and creativity. This study shows that 44 per cent of workers feel re-energised after a tea break, and 33 per cent feel more productive.'
So Tetley kindly sent me some tea to encourage the amount of tea breaks we get along with some Mr Kipling Strawberry Milkshake Slices.
But when it comes to the making of the teas, what kind of a tea maker are you?
'When it comes to the politics of the workplace tea round, one in four workers try to dodge tea rounds, with those in marketing the biggest culprits.Meanwhile four in ten British bosses NEVER make a tea round for their staff.
The study also revealed that men are more likely to secretly make themselves a brew to avoid having to make a round for their colleagues. 30 per cent of men said they’d resorted to this tactic, while only 20 per cent of women had.
Other sneaky tactics involve offering a tea round when you know everyone else has just had one – 12 per cent of those studied admitted to having done this.
Another finding was that 13 per cent of workers studied admitted to having passed up a tea round because they know that the person offering doesn’t make a nice brew.'
Admittedly, I sometimes dodge the round, but this time, I made sure to ask who wanted one.
Everyone likes their tea in their own way...but here is how it is meant to be done according to Tetley's Master Blender, Sebastian Michaelis.
'Tea should be made with boiling water, and only once-boiled water with a low mineral content.For black tea, pour the water as soon as it’s boiled to deliver the best taste.
For green tea, allow the kettle to cool for up to two minutes to avoid a bitter taste.
For tea bags, add the milk after the water to avoid hindering the infusion process.
Leave the tea bag in for at least two minutes to let the flavour of the tea infuse.
After removing the tea bag, leave the brew to cool for two minutes for a better quality taste.'
Of course, in this weather, there are options which don't have to involve boiling water. Tea also lends itself well to being iced and served cold. Here are a few ways that you can do this.
Thanks to Tetley for sending me the tea and cake.