Sit by the window at Yumchaa for some prime London people-watching
tea-minus ten days until I fly out to London. Yumchaa is the nearest tea retailer to my flat, only six minutes away! (: Can’t wait.
I travel the world for the perfect tea
Everybody’s looking for Darjeeling
Some of them want to infuse you
Some of them want to be infused by you
my go-to for sad friends
Miffy or Tiffy?
In light of my approaching trip to London, I’d like to discuss one of the finer niceties of proper British tea: Miffy (Milk In First) vs. Tiffy (Tea In First).
It is well known that Brits in general take their tea (usually a black tea blend teabag made in a mug) with a bit of milk and sometimes sugar. However, fierce arguments abound as to whether the tea or milk should be added to the mug first. Fierce might actually be an understatement - making someone’s tea in the wrong order can cause violent disputes!! Be forewarned.
Arguments for either side abound. Miffys (such as the illustrious Douglas Adams) claim that adding milk first prevents milk from scalding and gives the tea a richer taste. Some even say that adding milk first can prevent china teacups from cracking and staining. The Guardian even wrote a piece in which several chemists and physicists outline the scientific basis for adding milk first.
Yet, the tiffy camp (which includes the likes of George Orwell) maintains that adding milk first weakens the brew: adding the cold milk first lowers the overall temperature of the brew and prevents the tea from steeping properly. Also, they say that adding milk first almost inevitably leads to adding too much milk. Furthermore, proper etiquette calls for tea first - since poor china is prone to cracking, adding tea first was a way to show the quality of the china. This is all not to mention that if you are making tea for a guest, adding milk first presupposes not only the amount of milk they prefer, but also if they want milk at all. In that case, it is better to add milk last so they might add the milk as they desire.
I don’t usually take my tea with milk anyway, but when I do, I am personally a tiffy - I just can’t get the milk amount right if I add it first.
So, are you miffy or tiffy? (:
My friends treated me to an Earl Grey pie for my birthday! They know me so well. From The Pie Hole in Los Angeles.
"Fuck, my tea."
- me approximately an hour after every time I make tea (via madopiano)
trying to drink hot tea while wearing glasses more like
where the fuck did the laptop go
the tea shop I passed today was cute
Birthday tea from Stephanie! (: <3
Hojicha, summer flush Darjeeling from Puttabong estate, Fujian rain oolong, and silver sprout kee mun. (: