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Builder's tea refers to a cup of strong tea.

Builder's tea, also known as a builder’s brew, is a British English colloquial term for a strong cup of tea.[1][2] It takes its name from the inexpensive tea commonly drunk by labourers taking a break. A builder's tea is typically brewed in a mug with a teabag (as opposed to loose tealeaves in a teapot), with milk and sugar.[3]

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Builder's tea is typically robust and a rich brown colour. The leaves are often brewed for longer than usual, with an average infusion time of between two and four minutes.[1] Brands high in tannin, caffeine, as well as those containing Assam leaves are better suited to builder's tea.

The name is a reference to the many cups of tea consumed on tea breaks by the building trades in both Great Britain and Ireland.[4][5] The term has widespread use throughout both Great Britain and Ireland.[6][7][8] Research from the Social Issues Research Centre found that people performing construction work found tea "both soothing and stimulating".[9][10]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Colman Andrews (8 November 2016). The British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales. ABRAMS. pp. 637–. ISBN 978-1-61312-211-2.
  2. Souter, K. (2013). The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Drink. EBL-Schweitzer. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-62873-548-2. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. Edwards, Adam (23 Jun 2001). "Liquid assets: builder's tea". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. Miller, Norman (17 March 2017). "Are you posh or a pleb? Cuppas, class and other British obsessions". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. "Minor British Institutions: Builders' tea". The Independent. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  6. John Ayto (18 October 2012). The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-0-19-964024-9.
  7. Karen Bescherer Metheny; Mary C. Beaudry (7 August 2015). Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 176–. ISBN 978-0-7591-2366-3.
  8. "Will Self: Why I hate builder's tea". New Statesman. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. "Two Great British Obsessions - Tea and DIY - First-Timers". Sirc.org (Social Issues Research Centre). Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  10. "Zepper Store offers ceramic coffee mugs". zepper.in. Retrieved 2019-07-22.

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