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Traditional English tea losing popularity in UK






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British people are big tea drinkers. They drink it for different reasons. People have it for breakfast, to give to guests, for tea breaks at work, and even when they talk about their problems. However, new research shows that herbal, fruit and other teas are now more popular than English breakfast tea. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 tea lovers. Over half of them said their favourite tea was not the traditional "cuppa". Over a fifth of people said green tea was their favourite. Just over 20 per cent chose Earl Grey as their number one.

Sales of traditional breakfast tea have been falling. The new research shows this will continue. Three years ago, 54 per cent of Britons preferred English breakfast tea. The researchers found many other things about tea-drinking in the U.K. The biggest reason for drinking tea was to relax. A quarter of people drink up to 10 cups a day. Brits love milky and sugary tea. Around 85 per cent of them put milk in their tea. Nearly 45 per cent sweeten their tea with sugar. People with a sweet tooth put three teaspoons of sugar in their cup.

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