Every so often, physicists will show by experiment that putting the milk-in-first keeps the tea hotter in the medium term, as if this helps lay the controversy to rest. Here's a neat graph by The Naked Scientists. That shows MIF to be hotter than MIL between the time the milk is put in last until the entropy of the Universe maxxes out at Armageddon. But look at the scales on the axes! The key cross over event occurs a) when the brew is almost at blood-heat and b) after the 15 minutes allotted for tea-break in most offices. Nevertheless, that empirical evidence is more convincing than citing Newton's Law of Cooling and doing a lot of algebra. In an earlier essay from Aimé Bonpland, I explained about the different optimum brewing temperatures for tea [hottest], coffee [Goldilox] and maté [least hot].
But wait! Tea is not only about the temperature it's about the chemistry. The Guardian reports about experiments , carried out by Andrew Shapley of Loughborough University. on the reaction of casein and tannin and how this will effect the taste. But we can dismiss that a) because Loughborough 'University' is one of those
This is mostly put at nought outside of the Western European Archipelago and its colonial / cultural descendants. No adult in the Netherlands or Germany would put milk, first or last or at all, in the tea. Here is a lot of specious reasoning from Guardian readers to defend the cup my father poured. It's not about the physics or the chemistry or minimising the staining of bone-china cups; it is rather about identifying people who are all right. That was my father's quietly spoken point. He was at nothing in stumping up a load of money for a Very Expensive Education if we blew it all when taking tea with potential employers at a merchant bank. Having a nice cup of tea is one thing; taking afternoon tea is quite another minefield. High tea at The Hotel Duncannon was a different and more robust affair altogether.
- Tea with William Hanson here he schools Andrew Luck an American sports star with good manners and good humour. Etiquette is, after all, about good manners and good manners is about making the people around you comfortable. Hanson, an etiquette expert, went to Clifton College in Bristol, which is one of the original seats of learning identified in the 1889 Public Schools Yearbook. Clifton is definitely not Eton, but had a kinder more inclusive tradition than some of the nobbier public schools.
- Here he is again in more didactic /proscriptive mood for readers of the Daily
ToryMail. Scone doesn't rhyme with bone! It is a napkin not a serviette! In my case it's a shirt-cuff, which is always available at the end of your shirt.
- Tea with Adam Gottesman. Trying to bring civilisation to the people of Eagle, Idaho. An uphill struggle you may well find.
- Tea with Miss Sue Flay Now, there is nothing wrong with a pseudonym. George Orwell was, after all, a pseudonym for Eric Blair and he went to Eton. Calling yourself Miss Sue Flay [soufflé, geddit?] is insufferably vulgar and blogger-vlogger Jo Christy's accent is proper commin but 'one' can forgive her those failings. But >!heavens!< she folds the napkin the wrong way [fold to the knees rather than fold to the tum] and compounds the error by attempting to rationalise the choice. The reason 'one' does things is nothing to do with reason!