Builder's tea, also known as a builder’s brew, is a British English colloquial term for a strong cup of tea. 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 a small amount of milk added after either stirring the tea or leaving it to stand and infuse. Sugar is sometimes added, too.
Builder's tea is typically robust and has a rich, brown colour. The teabag is usually left to brew for between two and four minutes, which is well above the average English Breakfast teabag brew time. Brands high in tannin, caffeine, as well as those containing Assam leaves are better suited to this type of tea.
The name was chosen because workers in the British building trade typically drink many cups of tea during their working day. The term has widespread use throughout both Great Britain and Ireland. Research from the Social Issues Research Centre found that people performing construction work found tea "both soothing and stimulating".
A 2013 article in the Daily Express noted that construction workers are actually drinking less builder's tea than ever before, preferring to drink coffee varieties like cappuccinos and lattes, as well as other soft drinks.
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