Ever since a new tea recipe was suggested for better taste, it sparked a controversy online and the U.S. Embassy joined in on it too.
Most people around the world love to drink tea as a refreshment every day. Some may like it with milk, some may just enjoy it black and some tea enthusiasts love to try different varieties. The preferences may vary with every individual but recently, many tea lovers on the internet have joined forces sharing one common opinion. According to the Washington Post, when a chemistry professor shared a new way of brewing tea to elevate its taste, it caused a stir online. The U.S. Embassy in London also joined the debate with a hilarious tweet that went viral on X with over 23 million views.
Michelle Francl who works as a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania suggested that adding a pinch of salt to your tea can reduce its bitterness. Also, she mentioned how adding a few drops of lemon could get rid of the dirt on the surface of the tea. This did not sit well with the tea lovers in Britain with several news channels condemning the brewing technique recommended by the American professor. This commotion on the internet caught on with London's U.S. Embassy driving them to make "an important statement on the latest tea controversy."
An important statement on the latest tea controversy. 🇺🇸🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/HZFfSCl9sD— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) January 24, 2024
The amusing statement released on January 24 said, "Today's media reports of an American Professor's recipe for the 'perfect' cup of tea has landed our special bond with the United Kingdom in hot water." Apparently, the diplomatic mission hired a social media person with a great sense of humor. "Tea is the elixir of camaraderie, a sacred bond that unites our nations. We cannot stand idly by as such an outrageous proposal threatens the very foundation of our Special Relationship," read the statement.
Guaranteeing that the United States will stand by the UK in opposing the addition of salt, the statement said, "Therefore we want to assure the good people of the UK that the unthinkable notion of adding salt to Britain’s national drink is not official United States policy. And never will be." The diplomatic mission wanted to unite with the Brits in their "steeped solidarity" letting the world know that they share the same opinion in this matter. The press release ended with a snarky yet chucklesome line, "The U.S. Embassy will continue to make tea properly—by microwaving it."
That made us smile. 😊— NFRSA (@The_NFRSA) January 24, 2024
Now please, for the sake of every Brit who is literally having palpitations this very second - STEP AWAY FROM THE MICROWAVE…..
We thank you for your cooperation. 🇬🇧🫖🇬🇧
While we've got you, we need a conversation about what constitutes a biscuit.— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) January 24, 2024
This viral tweet received thousands of amusing comments. "This post makes me proud. I am not a tea guy but microwaving hot drinks is among the most American things one can do," commented @BayesianNuance. "The tea would be better off dumped in Boston Harbour than a microwave," joked @Typhoo_Tea. "This release is steeped in history," wrote @joedoc2112.
In response, to the statement put out by the US Embassy in the UK:— Cabinet Office (@cabinetofficeuk) January 24, 2024
We appreciate our Special Relationship, however, we must disagree wholeheartedly...
Tea can only be made using a kettle. https://t.co/Jt5xWKYRkT
On the same day, the UK's Cabinet Office posted a response tweet with a subtle humor. "In response, to the statement put out by the US Embassy in the UK: We appreciate our Special Relationship, however, we must disagree wholeheartedly. Tea can only be made using a kettle," read the tweet. In a world filled with tensions and disagreements between nations, some light-hearted banter like this on social media is the need of the hour.