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 milk and sugar.
Builder's tea is typically robust and has a rich brown colour. The leaves are often brewed for longer than usual, with an average infusion time of between two and four minutes. Brands high in tannin, caffeine, as well as those containing Assam leaves are better suited to this type of tea.
The name is a reference to the many cups of tea consumed on tea breaks by the building trades in the United Kingdom. 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 denoted a trend of builder's tea being consumed less by construction workers compared to earlier times.
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