Everyone knows that tea is the most popular drink in
Britain. It's even more popular than coffee, which is favoured
throughout Europe and America. The Dutch brought the first
tea to Europe in 1610. But it was not until 1658 that the
first advertisement for tea appeared in a London newspaper.
At that time a pound of the cheapest tea cost about one-third
of a skilled worker's weekly wages. Tea was guarded by the
lady of the house and kept in special containers, often with a
lock and carefully doled out by the teaspoon. By 1750 tea
had become the principal drink of all the classes in Britain.
Later, tea-drinking developed into a fashionable social ritual.
Tea parties were popular at home and soon the ritual of
"afternoon tea" was firmly established.
Nowadays, throughout the homes, tea shops and hotels of
Britain, the custom of tea-time continues. Tea in Britain is
brewed in a teapot. Then the one spoonful of tea per person
and one for the pot is added. Most people in Britain prefer a
rich, strong cup of tea with milk, and sugar is sometimes
added to taste.
1. What is the most popular drink in Britain?
2. When did the Dutch bring first tea to Europe?
3. When did tea become the principal drink in Britain?
4. What is the way to brew tea in Britain?
5. And what drink do you like?