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Builder's tea is an English colloquial term for the strong, inexpensive tea commonly drunk by construction workers taking a break. The term is used to differentiate from other servings of tea, as it is usually both brewed strongly and served in a mug (as opposed to being brewed in a teapot) milky with two (or more in some cases) teaspoons of sugar. The term has widespread use throughout both Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Characteristics and brands
In 1916 the Ministry of Munitions health committee pronounced in a document titled Hours of Work: 'An opportunity for tea is regarded as beneficial both to health and output.' Builder's tea is typically robust and a rich brown colour. The leaves are often brewed for longer than usual. Brands high in tannin, caffeine and Assam leaves better suited to builder's tea include: PG Tips, Red Label (Brooke Bond, Tesco), Tetley, Lyon's Quickbrew. In 2007 a brand was put on the market called "Don't Mind The Builders".
- Full breakfast
- Rich tea, the basic English tea biscuit
- Social class in the United Kingdom
- Tea break#United Kingdom
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