Making an International Standard Cup of Tea


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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  10 months ago +6283

    Quietly edited out of this video: two minutes of waiting for the kettle to boil because I forgot to push the button to start it.

    • Naiver Miigon
      Naiver Miigon 9 days ago

      Paul Topham maybe boiling under standard pressure so 100 degrees celsius?

    • Ruben Wahab
      Ruben Wahab 19 days ago +1

      Is that prescripted as well, or just advisory?

      MD.ZIMAM AHMED 25 days ago

      You opened my eyes

    • Quincy Allen
      Quincy Allen 6 months ago +1

      I waited 10 minutes for my tea to steep this morning (I usually tell by smell when it's done cause I'm doing other things) only to realize I hadn't poured in the water

    • XantiaD
      XantiaD 7 months ago

      My kettle has a window in the side and a blue light inside. It's very obvious when the pot is turned on - it's like a scene from "Fantasia" in there when the water boils.
      I forget to push the button on the thing all the time.

  • Jacob Taylor
    Jacob Taylor Day ago

    Southern-style sweet tea is perfect.

  • Thatguywiththelaptop

    "I don't actually like tea."
    Iroh is disappointed in you

  • Reltpid
    Reltpid 6 days ago

    *T R A I T O R*

  • Tyler Clark
    Tyler Clark 7 days ago

    Or you could drink it the way god intended; iced, and with copious amounts of sugar.

  • Uh you don't need to know my name

    I'm making some tea right now, someone remind me a few days from now to warm it up in the microwave because Tom said not to.

  • burh dood
    burh dood 7 days ago

    infographic show is the lowest quality yt channel

  • Davenn
    Davenn 8 days ago

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Tom dosent like tea

  • Naiver Miigon
    Naiver Miigon 9 days ago

    00:40 it is fancy but it’s how we Chinese make tea everyday it’s considered a tradition.

  • Trent Fisher
    Trent Fisher 17 days ago

    Am I the only who finds conspicuous how tom has a set of scales that has green stuff on it ???

    • Trent Fisher
      Trent Fisher 17 days ago

      I apologise I am colour blind and I though those black spots on the scales were green sorry mister Scott

  • Dani Morrison
    Dani Morrison 25 days ago

    The idea of an international standard for preparing tea is an interesting idea, we should do it with more things imo.

  • Really Nigga
    Really Nigga 26 days ago

    Hey Tom what is your channel about

  • Jaquinite
    Jaquinite 26 days ago


  • Kofi Mills' Videos
    Kofi Mills' Videos Month ago

    My reactions to the topic, in roughly this order:
    😐 a what.
    Wait, srsly, a what? What is this? 😅
    I mean, why tho? 😂
    ... Why?? 😂🤣💀

  • holmrekR
    holmrekR Month ago

    *Error 418* im a teapot

  • Joseph Place
    Joseph Place 2 months ago

    0:27 excuse me what?

  • Parshan. A
    Parshan. A 2 months ago

    If you want to learn how to make good tea, I suggest you ask for advice from an Iranian.

  • iDunnoMapping
    iDunnoMapping 2 months ago

    wendover productions beated you to it.

  • FloppyDriveMaestro
    FloppyDriveMaestro 2 months ago

    That seems overly complicated

  • Brandon Neely
    Brandon Neely 2 months ago

    I don’t like tea either and I live in Georgia where people bleed sweet tea

  • Jeremiah Hsu
    Jeremiah Hsu 2 months ago

    Chinese: smh

  • Rahul Bordoloi
    Rahul Bordoloi 2 months ago

    What a weak ass cup of tea. In Assam, which produces 1/6th of all the tea in the world, we drink tea with twice the liquor and none of the milk, like real men.

    • Eri Airlangga
      Eri Airlangga Month ago

      AFAIK The Brits don't produce tea, they sailed around the world to the east Indies for tea, standard cup of tea means luxury to them

  • Noah McArthur
    Noah McArthur 3 months ago

    So, as an American, I feel like I'm missing out on some context. Where did this standard come from and why was it made and what are people saying about it on the internet?

  • Gema Pamungkas
    Gema Pamungkas 3 months ago

    british problem 101

  • Deficere X
    Deficere X 3 months ago

    Wouldn't the standard be China, since they invented tea? Xd

  • Lion
    Lion 3 months ago

    The international standard was never meant for making tea at home, it is for professional tea EVALUATION. Thus, the tea leaves are intentionally brewed way longer. This produces a very thick and strong brew that will exaggerate the tea's notes (its flavor and scent characterstics, as well as color and visual clarity) as well as its quality (both the good and the bad). Truly good quality teas can often stand up to this strong type of brewing and not become overly bitter or hard to drink. Instead there will be an intensity of flavor when sipping this very strong brew, and lingering aftertaste that helps a tea professional evaluate that tea's qualities. This way of brewing tea was never meant for how you'd drink the tea and home, and as far as I know, nobody in any country does make it this way to drink it at home. If anyone thinks this standard is meant to apply to consumers, they are sorely mistaken. It's just a tool for professionals to analyze teas against each other by brewing them exactly the same way, since how you brew the tea (water temperature, leaf to water ratio, and brewing container) drastically affect its flavor.

  • Drew Virtue
    Drew Virtue 3 months ago

    This is the anime *HelloFutureMe* Guy!

  • Muddy Sea
    Muddy Sea 3 months ago

    And why would one not add milk to green tea??

  • Min Yoongles
    Min Yoongles 3 months ago

    I don't like tea why am I watching this

  • Dale Richey
    Dale Richey 3 months ago

    3:25, Tom's accent is just a guise. He's not actually British

  • your only jig-maker
    your only jig-maker 3 months ago

    It's just tea. Make it. Drink it. Enjoy it.
    Any argument about it, needs to go into the bin.

  • EastWood
    EastWood 3 months ago +1

    *Nobody makes a better cup of tea than Indians.*

  • DrPengin
    DrPengin 3 months ago

    So this is the tea that comes out of standard issue starfleet replicators?

  • Samuel Cuthbertson
    Samuel Cuthbertson 3 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea"... British citizenship revoked.

  • Random Guy That Comments on Youtube videos

    0:27 oh tom. You're gonna get banned from the library for this.

    IRON PAINTING 4 months ago

    This is more of a guideline for making tea

  • buchanan9000
    buchanan9000 4 months ago

    The only way to make tea is one metric cup of boiling water and 5 earl grey tea bags.

  • PhazonSpaceSystems
    PhazonSpaceSystems 4 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea."
    That's impossible! Saying you don't like tea is like saying you don't like breathing!

  • JusmaVids
    JusmaVids 4 months ago

    250 coffee drinkers don't appreciate standardisation of a cup of tea, as of this comment.

  • Marcin Rutkowski
    Marcin Rutkowski 4 months ago

    more videos :)

  • Felicia Barker
    Felicia Barker 4 months ago

    I knew someone who worked in QA at a tea factory, and they used these standards. Amongst other things, they only sampled a teaspoonful, and then threw the rest away (since they had to sample a lot of teas)

  • a meme duck
    a meme duck 4 months ago

    i always pour milk in a cup, put my tea bag in, get my frozen water out of the freezer (i always boil a couple of litres of water at the start of the week and put it in the freezer) heat it up, pour it in the cup and that is how you make tasty tea

  • Bardh Azizi
    Bardh Azizi 5 months ago

    TVclip suggested this video to me exactly 1 year after HAI did his video about this standard :D

  • Hannah Marie Keyser
    Hannah Marie Keyser 5 months ago

    I’m surprised nobody has commented yet that the use of green tea is probably what made it only ‘okay.’ Green tea has its own very specific requirements to not come out nasty and bitter. I usually do mine no hotter than 190 degrees, for 3 min.
    6 minutes?! That stuff is probably terrible, no matter the heat of the water at that rate. If that’s how you drink green tea I don’t blame you for not liking it! Over steeped green tea is one of the most terrible tastes I have ever had the displeasure to taste. I have experimented for a long time with tea and not all of them went well! 😂
    Fun video, not hating, just a bit of a tea enthusiast here!

  • Cash Nelson
    Cash Nelson 5 months ago

    6 minutes for a green tea?>??? Jesus christ

  • K1naku5ana3R1ka
    K1naku5ana3R1ka 5 months ago

    Who would need a standardized tea except for Lawful Stupid bureaucrats?

  • Darkhill Duck
    Darkhill Duck 5 months ago

    this is the most british video i have seen

  • Aidan Langridge
    Aidan Langridge 5 months ago

    But you do like Gü, I see. Good stuff.

  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 5 months ago

    "No photography of computer screens" How about a screenshot?

  • Bari M.N.
    Bari M.N. 5 months ago

    Does every British people has the obligation to like tea!?. Come on everybody has their own preference without regarding their nationality nor ethnicity. Anyway tea came from China so historically it's not a pure original British culture!.

  • Wen Jing
    Wen Jing 5 months ago

    Half As Interesting, anyone?

  • I AM
    I AM 5 months ago

    I'm English and love tea, god bless the queen!

  • James Turner
    James Turner 5 months ago

    "It's okay" hah

  • Tomartyr
    Tomartyr 5 months ago

    There is an error in the title, it should be:
    Making an International Standard Bowl of Tea

  • Kacper Ozieblowski
    Kacper Ozieblowski 5 months ago

    Ok, so this exists

  • jolena auvuya
    jolena auvuya 6 months ago

    maybe you didn't know that aeroplanes want you to relax. the deliberately dim the lights and serve you wine to make you sleep, because they want you to tip the seat back, the more passangers that have their seats tilted back and are a bit more horizontal, the faster the plane will fly. so thats why they slyly encourage it.

  • VMan_ 2002
    VMan_ 2002 6 months ago +1

    0:27 It's fine, because he's filming it, not photographing it.

  • sugarfrosted
    sugarfrosted 6 months ago

    Tom admitted to not liking tea? Is he going to get deported by Mr. B personally?

  • Robert Pirlot
    Robert Pirlot 6 months ago

    I'm the lazy Tea drinker. A machine that makes the perfect cup of tea every time. From Teforia. I got 3 of them. No, I didn't actually pay for the tea or the machine. Are you insane? Expensive crap.

  • Jodul
    Jodul 6 months ago

    *"I don't actually like tea."*


  • Ashish Gupta
    Ashish Gupta 6 months ago +1

    There is a perfect cup of tea made by my mom with ginger in it

    • EastWood
      EastWood 3 months ago +1

      Same here mate.

  • SparkyTheFox
    SparkyTheFox 6 months ago

    Tom, are those glass containers Gü pots?

  • Lemonacidvids
    Lemonacidvids 6 months ago

    "I don' t actually like tea" I loved that final sentence

  • ArraysStartAtThePowerOf0

    How to make tea:
    Get lots of water in a pot.
    Get lots of tea bags in the pot.
    Keep boiling.
    When water levels get low add more water and keep boiling.
    Change the tea bags and put in new ones.
    Boil until the water level is low.
    Now you have have a bitter af black liquid with less caffeine than coffee.

  • Jefferson Lee
    Jefferson Lee 6 months ago

    Not The Perfect Cup of Tea, just *a* cup of tea. Perfect.

  • Lia Qiao On the Reel
    Lia Qiao On the Reel 7 months ago +1

    Hmm i guess u should come to india To make a not standard but traditional tea which i swear will b the best of ur life ever...☺😊

  • Crystal Soulslayer
    Crystal Soulslayer 7 months ago

    Keurigs do a damn fine job of heating up the water. Don't use the pods, though, they're expensive and pointless.

  • Ed Schroedinger
    Ed Schroedinger 7 months ago

    I do not remember to have ever come across a video featuring quite literally only comments which somehow incidentally confirm that the clip has actually been watched up to the very last second...
    kudos! ...even tho you actually don't like tea.

  • Maggi
    Maggi 7 months ago

    Anarchy in the UK: Tom doesn't like tea.

    MEGAMIGA 7 months ago

    You make some of the most interesting videos on YT, yet you do not like tea??! Why, WHY???
    On a side note, is this really a standardised way to way tea? Because, according to the variety of tea you are to make, water must have a correct, given temperature.
    For instance, you must not use boiling water to brew green tea because you will burn the leaves and thus, have a weird, metallic taste (there are a couple exception, some Japanese teas, like Bancha, is made using 90° water) :)

  • Cayden S.
    Cayden S. 7 months ago

    On the in-tea-net

  • Jan Feeder II
    Jan Feeder II 7 months ago

    Instruction unclear, put tea into microwave, nothing happend.

  • DarkMatterX1
    DarkMatterX1 7 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea."
    'caauuuuusssssse Iiiiiiiiiii wannnnaaaa beeee

  • Mateus Figueiredo
    Mateus Figueiredo 7 months ago

    my favourite British right now doesn't like tea and the world is a lie

  • David Hax
    David Hax 7 months ago

    Finally! Another British person who doesn't like tea! I always get strange looks when people offer me a brew and I decline as I don't particularly like tea and I try to only drink one cup of coffee (in the morning) and water for the rest of the day. Doesn't seem like a big problem, but some people get very (VERY) offended when I refuse their offer.

  • Mustakrakish
    Mustakrakish 7 months ago

    Tea is really just diet coffee 🤨

  • Adrian Pietkiewicz
    Adrian Pietkiewicz 7 months ago

    Why didn't the Heart of Gold have this?

  • imamoose007
    imamoose007 7 months ago

    What about iced tea?

  • Do Do
    Do Do 8 months ago

    Tea is indeed a very magic thing. Even though it is embedded in a bag, it somehow affects the water and turns it into tea.
    Science can´t explain everything.

  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 8 months ago

    I am brazilian and I don't like coffee..

  • karasawa21797
    karasawa21797 8 months ago

    I do have to point out, though, that green tea is very un-British.

  • David Ball
    David Ball 8 months ago

    Wtf is international standard tea?

  • TheModHead
    TheModHead 8 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea" So, what do you do at tea time then? Does everyone just stair at you like the weirdo you are for not liking tae?

  • Needleworker's Realm
    Needleworker's Realm 8 months ago

    Oh god Tom, you are too good for the internet, bringing all these truths out for us.
    Not the hero we deserve, but certainly the one we need.

  • Giacomo Frate
    Giacomo Frate 8 months ago

    What the hell do you even mean by "I don't actually like tea".
    The British crown ordered you at the stake!

  • mspenrice
    mspenrice 8 months ago

    Wait, by uploading this, aren't you effectively republishing the ISO paper without a license? Watch your back for the ISO Police... the world's most uniformly regimented law enforcement agency.

  • Matthew Baka
    Matthew Baka 8 months ago

    "No Photography of Computer Screens"
    Well I see someone's a budding anarchist.

  • Charlie Bell
    Charlie Bell 8 months ago

    If you were adding milk, how much would you have added? Per amount?

  • Sorry In Advance
    Sorry In Advance 8 months ago

    This is the most British thing I've ever seen
    I love it

  • Caitlin Penny Commentary

    But you did it wrong... It brewed for 6 minutes and 2 seconds, not 6 minutes. I call clickbait.

  • Toasty
    Toasty 8 months ago

    You're wrong! Microwave tea is perfectly tasty!

  • Chadyo the Wallnut
    Chadyo the Wallnut 8 months ago

    Hahaha, the glorious UK. library running on Windows XP.

  • Shane Vlaardingerbroek
    Shane Vlaardingerbroek 8 months ago

    I notice here in the UK that its acceptable for English people to squeeze the tea bag with their fingers. I wonder if her Royal Highness likes it that way?

  • Úna Parkinson
    Úna Parkinson 8 months ago

    I also am not that gone on tea which in Ireland is bizarre

  • Krishna Das
    Krishna Das 8 months ago

    Drinking a cup of royal milk tea while watching this.

  • Mark Castro-Garcia
    Mark Castro-Garcia 8 months ago

    I wonder what the ISO is for instant coffee? :)

  • Scootaloo
    Scootaloo 9 months ago

    What's funny is that I have talked to some British people in the past, saying that Americans don't know anything about Tea, and that Tea in the US is bad???? I was like.... 0_o?? Um...... excuse me! But um... More Americans drink Tea than the entire population of the UK. In fact, 80% of all U.S. households will have Tea readily available in the house. Also all teas can be purchased here, just like in the UK. Then they were like yeah, but only folks in the UK really know how to make it. I was like um...Most Brits just place a tea bag in the cup/pitcher. So... >_> Nothing special at all. (As was mentioned here in this video.)
    Now maybe Brits drink more cups of it per day perhaps? But then again, US drink sizes also tend to be larger.
    In Fact the U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world after only Russia and Pakistan.
    Yeah, they did not have much to say after that. XD
    So I basically said yeah, you may love your tea, but that doesn't mean your the only country who drinks it.

    • MyLittleDashie 7
      MyLittleDashie 7 8 months ago

      "my numbers are based on science" Jesus, sounds like something from a shampoo commercial.
      The point I was making is the per capita is way more important than sheer volume. Maybe you need to read what I said?
      And well done on being technically correct that you can't assume that in comparing any two nations the one with the bigger population will import more of any given commodity. But we're not talking about *any* two countries, we're talking about 2 very specific countries, which are equally well developed, and for which one has a population that is not only bigger, but utterly dwarfs the other. So yeah, other than some very specific items like some kinds of European food or something, I'd be surprised if there was even a single commodity that the UK imports more of than the US by sheer value. And if there is something, then that thing will be incredibly remarkable for the very fact that it'll be the only thing the UK imports more of.

    • Scootaloo
      Scootaloo 8 months ago

      MyLittleDashie 7 My numbers are based on science from the national Tea association. As I said in my comment per capita perhaps the British drink more. You need to read what I said.
      And just because a population is bigger, doesn't mean it's going to automatically import more. It's the same argument about GDP of a country.

    • MyLittleDashie 7
      MyLittleDashie 7 8 months ago

      Don't know where you're getting your numbers from, but they are bollocks. To be clear I don't care about gate-keeping tea from Americans, I don't even like it myself, but your numbers are way off, and by using magnitudes you're unfairly representing the consumption of tea in the two countries. If you're going to use sheer number then the US will probably beat the UK on imports of literally anything, that's what happens when you have a country with something like 6 times as many people in it.
      Per capita consumption is a much better metric to compare, and on that from the UK beats the US by a country mile. The UK has an annual tea consumption per capita of about 4.5 pounds, and the US is way down at 0.5 pounds. So about 9 times less tea is consumed per person in the US than in the UK.
      Also, people having tea in their house is meaningless. How long has it been there on average? How many people in the world buy a bunch of fruit only to have it rot, throw it out, and then buy more? Tea could be the exact same, something people just buy, but never actually use.

  • fanofboard3333
    fanofboard3333 9 months ago

    "Scope and field of application
    This International Standard specifies a method for the preparation of a liquor of tea for use in sensory tests, by means of infusing the leaf."

  • Ankle Donna
    Ankle Donna 9 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea." Tom is his own person and will not follow the masses for the sake of conformity.
    I'm a retired LEO in the U.S.A. and I can't stand coffee and I'm not particularly fond of doughnuts.
    My coworkers thought me peculiar.
    They were right, I'm proud to say!

  • billymonkey111
    billymonkey111 9 months ago

    I love it when one of your random videos is something I already know all about. This standard has been a running joke at my (design engineering) job for a while, there is a 'technical drawing' of a cup of tea, with "must conform to BS 6008" kicking about somewhere.