Brewing Controversy Over Tea-Making Techniques: US Embassy Clarifies Amidst Backlash Over Professor’s Recommendations
In a revival of historical tea-related tensions, Professor Michelle Francl’s unconventional approach to the “perfect cup of tea” has ignited a brewing controversy, drawing attention from both sides of the Atlantic.
Francl, a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College, suggested a unique methodology, including pre-heating a mug, using leaves over bags, adding warm milk, a pinch of salt, and refraining from reusing leaves.
US Embassy’s Diplomatic Intervention: Microwaving Declaration and Assurance to Britons
Prompted by the ensuing outrage among tea-loving Britons, the US Embassy in London issued a statement seeking to alleviate tensions.
The embassy clarified that adding salt to tea is not part of Joe Biden’s foreign policy and expressed a commitment to the traditional method of making tea, humorously stating, ‘The U.S. Embassy will continue to make tea in the proper way – by microwaving it.’
Historical References and Social Media Backlash: Recalling the Boston Tea Party Amidst Microwave Tea Horror Stories
The historical backdrop of the Boston Tea Party, where American patriots protested King George’s taxation policies, adds a layer of symbolism to the current tea-related tensions.
Social media users shared horror stories of being served microwaved tea, with some referencing the Boston Tea Party and expressing their disgust at the thought of microwaving tea.
Typhoo Tea’s Witty Response and Public Disgust: “Tea in a Microwave? RANCID.”
Typhoo Tea responded with a witty reference to the Boston Tea Party, suggesting that the tea would be better off dumped in Boston Harbor than subjected to a microwave.
Public reactions on social media ranged from straightforward expressions of disgust to questioning the use of microwaves for making tea.
Professor Francl’s Research Findings: Aroma Importance, Larger Tea Bags, and Decaffeination Techniques
Professor Francl’s research, detailed in her book “Steeped: The Chemistry of Tea,” explores various aspects of tea preparation.
The aroma of tea is highlighted as nearly as important as its taste, emphasizing the removal of lids when drinking from takeaway cups. Larger tea bags are suggested for better infusion, and decaffeination tips include a unique steeping process.
Global Obsession With the Perfect Cup: Professor Francl’s Insights and Enduring Appeal of Tea
Tea, the second most consumed beverage globally after water, continues to captivate people worldwide.
Professor Francl attributes its enduring appeal to the aromatic experience, rich flavor profile, and caffeine content.
With the cultural significance of tea, both in Britain and globally, Francl’s research delves into the chemistry of tea-making, providing new insights for enthusiasts.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn