The perfect cup of tea

Anyone who has met me will know that the two things most likely to be in my hands are a pen and a cup of tea. I take notes and drink tea wherever I go – often at the same time.

Personally, I’m a man of simple tastes when it comes to tea. I drink English Breakfast Tea with a splash of milk and no sugar, whatever time of day it is and wherever I am. So I was fascinated to hear how one particular detail could make all the difference to my tea.

On BBC Two show Inside the Factory, Dr Stuart Farrimond explained what scientifically makes for the perfect cup of tea. I was intrigued to learn that the best colour mug to drink from is, you guessed it, red! I’ve always had a fondness for red, the iconic colour that goes hand in hand with the Virgin brand – perhaps this helps explain it.

The first taste is taken with the eye, and drinking from a red cup helps to give your tea that extra bit of flavour. With that, you won’t need to add sugar, which can damage the flavour as well as your health.

The tea expert went on to explain that the longer a teabag is left to brew, the higher the antioxidant level. Perhaps I should try to let me tea brew longer – I’m always too impatient to drink it.

One of the more strange questions I have been asked is if we really do drink cups of tea on Necker Island. Honestly, I would drink tea whether I was in the Caribbean or the Arctic!

Having a cup of tea is not only tasty and refreshing, it gives me a moment to stop and think without being distracted, and a chance to chat with friends, think through ideas, or sit for a second and simply be. We often gather around the kettle for a brew here, and I’m sure many more great ideas will be dreamed up over a cuppa – ideally in a red cup!


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