Making an International Standard Cup of Tea



As far as I can find, no-one has actually made a International Standard Cup of Tea – ISO 3103 or BS 6008 – for the internet before. Lots of people have talked about it, but that’s easy. Making one? That requires precision… and some specialist equipment.

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Update: someone has found an earlier ISO cup of tea on the internet, as part of a German video on tea tasting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utwwkNkNgiM

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33 comments

  1. No spout for the brewing cup? That’s strange and not quite user friendly. As a Hong Konger with our own tea culture, I still think the ISO standards is weird.

  2. "international standard" means, English standard. The only "international authority" to decide something around tea should be the biggest consumer of this product, meaning China… ask them for the real international standard, has nothing to do with this video

  3. Living in a multicultural flat I've been having English breakfast tea, no milk, with a clove, cracked cardomom pod, small hunk of cinnamon stick, notch of ginger and a spoon of sugar, genuinely very nice

  4. UK Customs: Passport sir
    Tom: I don't have my passport with me, but here is my kit for making an International Standard Cup of Tea.
    UK Customs: Go through sir, many apologies

  5. I don't like the word "international" in the title. When the small country britain claims that a cup has to be like this or the length of a footballfield like that … then it's not considered a british standart. No! It's automatically an "international" standart. As if the British had invented tea and football. pff

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