Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. is attempting to advance Anglo-American relations by tweeting a self-help video explaining how to make a proper cup of tea — and it doesn’t involve the use of a microwave.
Dame Karen Pierce, who became the U.K.’s top diplomat when predecessor Kim Darroch resigned over leaked cables disparaging President Donald Trump, took to the kettle after horrified Brits watched an American living in London post a TikTok video recommending the use of a microwave.
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The American woman, identified as Michelle and by the user name @jchelle36, attempted to heat a mug of water in a microwave for a minute, threw in a large slug of milk, and finished off with a mountain of sugar.
Video of this process generated more than 50,000 comments, including one describing it as a “crime.”
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The U.K. mobilized its ambassador. Armed with teapot, scones and finger sandwiches, Dame Karen shot a short video in which she explains “the Anglo-American relationship is defined by tea.”
“We have had a number of requests to show how to make a real cup of tea,” narrates the ambassador, who then turns to military advisers in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force for a demonstration.
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A paratrooper, on maneuvers in full camouflage and beret, makes his brew on a camping stove in a forest, explaining: “You don’t need a microwave to make a cup of tea. All you need is a naked flame, tea bag, sugar.”
Due to his geographical circumstances, he uses powered milk instead of fresh milk. The sailor and pilot conduct a similar drill, all allowing the cuppa to brew.
Pierce’s tweet has been viewed 236,000 times and received 3,100 likes.
BBC presenter Caroline Wyatt tweeted: “It’s quite obviously a humanitarian intervention. Did you not see how appallingly people were suffering in the U.S. from badly-made cups of tea before this helpful (albeit somewhat controversial in not mentioning tea-leaves versus bags) guide?”
Another Twitter used, Shazia Rafi, wrote: “It’s making a comeback even in Boston,” although some might consider Michelle’s brew best thrown in the harbor.
Originally published on MarketWatch