Caught sight of this article on making tea on the bbc website. Had to clip some bits of it and pop it on me blog
One or two Americans have asked me why it is that the English like tea so much, which never seems to them to be a very good drink. To understand, you have to know how to make it properly.
There is a very simple principle to the making of tea and it's this - to get the proper flavour of tea, the water has to be boiling (not boiled) when it hits the tea leaves.
The Americans are all mystified about why the English make such a big thing out of tea because most Americans have never had a good cup of tea.
In fact the truth of the matter is that most English people don't know how to make tea any more either, and most people drink cheap instant coffee instead, which is a pity, and gives Americans the impression that the English are just generally clueless about hot stimulants.