A poll into the hot beverage habits of the nation, conducted by instant boiling water tap maker Redring, has revealed that the average Brit will consume 66,685 cups of tea and 50,589 cups of coffee in their lifetime.
English breakfast is our most popular go-to-brew, with the majority of the 1,500 adults quizzed (38%) claiming milk with no sugar is the formula for a perfect cuppa – and 8.40am is the best time of day to savour it.
The folk of Liverpool emerged as the biggest tea lovers of all, with the average Liverpudlian consuming 1,460 cups a year.
Residents of Glasgow are the biggest fans of herbal and fruit teas (438 per year) followed by Brummies and Londoners.
When it comes to coffee, the most popular choice is still a humble mug of instant (22%). The people of Manchester drink more espressos than anywhere else, while Liverpudlians prefer a frothy cappuccino.
Almost three-quarters of adults (72%) said they would prefer to stay in and curl up on the sofa with a steaming cuppa rather than spend a night out on the tiles.
A spokesperson for Redring said: “Brits are famous for their love of tea. It would seem many of us can’t function without it. “Despite the market being flooded by extravagant blends and flavours, it appears good old builder’s tea is what we reach for.
“Similarly, the research shows that despite the influx of coffee shops on every high street across Britain, you can’t beat a hot cup of instant whether you’re at home or in the office.
“Our tap gives you boiling water instantly, meaning you don’t have to wait ages for a kettle to boil. So whatever your favourite cuppa, it will save you a lot of time.”
The study showed the typical adult spends £447.20 on tea and coffee from restaurants and coffee shops over the course of a year and a further £120 on hot drinks for the home or office.
The survey found work colleagues make the worst tea and other halves make the best – although 18% of couples row over who makes the fewest hot drinks and those in London are most likely to fall out over whose round it is.