Tea expert finally settles ongoing debate on whether milk should go first or not

It's the age old debate that has split opinion for, well, a very long time indeed… do you pour the milk in first when making a tea or not?

Just like prepping scones with either jam or cream first, this debate really is a toughie for British people.

So, in a bid to discover the answer OK! chatted to a tea expert who knows her stuff when it comes to a good old brew.

Settling the debate, Head of JING Tea, Felicity Fowler, explained to us that milk goes first if it's a loose leaf tea you're making.

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"When making loose tea in a pot, add the milk to the bottom of your chosen cup before pouring the tea. This results in a better taste – the flavour of the tea and milk combine together more seamlessly.

"If you add milk second, the flavours of the tea and milk separate. And the other benefit of adding milk first is that you don't need to stir!"

However, if you're making tea using a tea bag then milk doesn't come first.

"If you’re making your tea with a bag dropped into the bottom of your mug, you’ll probably know that you need to add milk after tea," Felicity said.

She added: "Putting milk together with a tea bag in your mug will cool the water and give you a weak cup of tea. So if you are making tea in a mug with a tea bag – you have to add the milk second, once the tea has fully infused."

JING Tea's Felicity also discussed with OK! how long tea should be brewed for, citing three minutes as a perfect amount.

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However, this does depend on how strong you like your brew.

Felicity continued to say that the temperate of water can help determine caffeine levels.

"All tea contains broadly the same amount of caffeine but you can manipulate the caffeine extraction to an extent by the temperature of water," she explained.

"Either use a few leaves or stopping drinking caffeine earlier in the day is good for people trying to avoid it."

Felicity said everyone is different when it comes to how they react to caffeine however.

"It's about listening to your body and understanding it. You do have less caffeine in tea than you do coffee."

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