The Daily Telegraph
Health and safe tea
SIR – When I make tea, I always put the milk in first (Letters, March 24).
Many years ago, before widespread pasteurisation, I was told that the hot tea killed any bacteria.
Was it true? Who knows. It made sense to me.
SIR – When I was a headmaster, I would occasionally invite the priest in charge of a nearby Catholic school round for a cup of tea.
We discussed profound questions such as, on one occasion: “Milk before or after?” He said before, and I after, on the grounds that one can judge the quantity by the strength of the tea.
After a moment’s thought, he replied (in his Irish brogue): “Ah, Nigel, remember: you are a man of science. I am a man of faith.”