From adding milk to brew times, how to make the perfect cup of tea has been a hotly debated topic.
Interestingly, one tea expert has thrown a new element into the mix: the colour of your teacup.
In an episode of UK series, Inside the Factory, tea expert Dr Stuart Farrimond revealed the secret to brewing the perfect cup of tea.
First of all, you have to brew the tea bag for five minutes. This ensures the tea is fully caffeinated but also ensure more antioxidants are naturally released.
The colour of your mug also makes a difference.
According to The Independent, Farrimond explained: “If you have a sweet tooth, opt for red or pink as these colours will accentuate the tea’s natural sweetness whilst white or blue mugs can bring out the saltiness of your tea bag."
Similarly, a paper published in the Journal of Sensory Studies explained how hot chocolate served in an orange mug reportedly tasted sweeter.
The results could explain how our other senses can influence taste.
As one of scientists behind the paper wrote: “An anecdotal example of this can be the favourite mug from which so many of us prefer to drink our tea or coffee.
"Perhaps that drink, which is always prepared in more or less the same manner, does not really taste better from our preferred mug, but the mug itself simply improves our overall multisensory experience.”