Even nine cups of tea a day is still considered a bit much for the typical Brit, but any less would make it an "unsatisfactory tea-drinking day" for Stephen Twining. For the 10th generation descendant of a centuries-old business family, Twinings of London, which has taken part in solidifying tea as a cultural icon of the English, a day gone by without a cuppa leaves him a tad queasy.
Inside the presentday Twinings shop on The Strand in London.
More than 160 million cups of tea can be drunk every day in the United Kingdom, but in the late 1650s, when tea first arrived there, it was reserved for the wealthy and aristocratic. Perhaps this is one of the reasons tea has always been perceived as hoity-toity, with the pristine porcelain cups to complement that mindset.
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