Researchers at the University of Northumbria claim to have worked out how to make the perfect cup of tea.
The trick, according to the School of Life Sciences team, is to allow the cup to sit for six minutes. This allows the flavours to diffuse and the temperature of the tea to fall to 60°C – below scolding and the optimum temperature for flavours to flood out.
The team spent 180 hours testing and volunteers drunk 285 cups of tea in this exercise of scientific pioneering.
The research was commissioned by Cravendale Milk.