Cup of tea, anyone? Something you would usually hear in England and the rest of Great Britain. The people on the Islands keep the centuries-old tradition of sipping tea in the afternoon.
Today, drinking tea is a ritual, a perfected chain of events leading to the perfect cup of tea. However, coffee is making a breakthrough, mostly thanks to American-style coffee shops. If you know what it`s like to be a tourist in London, there is a good chance you`ve tried British coffee.
The fondness towards tea
There is no easy way to get the British to drink coffee. The coffee invasion has taken a long time.Tea houses exist all over Great Britain, and they all have their little secrets when it comes to making tea. The little tricks of the trade which keep the customers coming in. But maybe the rule of tea is coming to an end…
Introduction of coffee
The preparation of coffee, however, does not demand all the fancy rituals tea making does. People in Britain are a little bit more relaxed when it comes to coffee. What they transition to coffee is logical, since both tea and coffee contain caffeine, which the people on the Islands are fond of. In that sense, they will not ask for the whole story when it comes to coffee, meaning, they will tolerate a stranger to prepare their coffee. With tea, it only involves the people they know.
Britain is slowly evolving towards a coffee culture. Of course, tea is still on the menu. But we can see more and more coffee shops springing up on corners. Since the taste in the coffee of an average Brit is somewhat similar to an American, coffee shops which resemble American ones are the most common. Most of the orders revolve around cappuccinos, flat whites, and lattes. Just like an average morning in New York City. Not only that, you can sometimes hear a customer asking for whipped cream or sugary syrup.
There is no special type of coffee most of the British would enjoy. Just like an Italian would quickly snag his daily order of 7 to 8 ristrettos. In England, you will drink coffee the way Americans do – mostly large, sweet and with a lot of milk and other dairy products. Of course, tea is still number one, but coffee is right behind.