A study showed that Britons prefer to drink their cup of tea from a mug rather than a china teacup
A new study has revealed that Britons enjoying their daily cuppa have now all but abandoned the delicacy of a china teacup – in favour of the more sturdy mug.
The study found that nine out of 10 Brits (88 per cent) now exclusively use mugs rather than a teacup.
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Aside from collectors or people dining out on special occasions, the teacup is rarely ever seen, let alone used, in everyday British life in 2016, according to the survey.
At the same time, the mug has become ubiquitous in modern British life.
Such has been the shift, that almost a quarter of British adults (23 per cent) admitted they have never taken a drink from a teacup.
Almost a quarter of Brits admitted they had never drank from a teacup
Our research shows that the mug is now king and the iconic teacup has pretty much died out in everyday use.
Laura Robinson, conductor of research
And the overwhelming majority of Britons (80 per cent) said they drink from a mug every single day.
And 63 per cent of respondents said they drank out of a teacup less often than once a month.
Laura Robinson, spokeswoman for Dr Oetker’s Pud In A Mug who conducted the research, said: “The humble mug was traditionally a less formal style of drink container not used in formal place settings, where a teacup or coffee cup was preferred.
The study also found that the average household owns 10 or more mugs
“But, as café culture took hold in the UK in the early part of the 21st Century and the old formalities of traditional Britain were cast aside, the mug became increasingly popular and the era of the teacup faded.”
She added: “Our research shows that the mug is now king and the iconic teacup has pretty much died out in everyday use.
“It is now limited to being wheeled out on very special occasions or when visiting a teashop.”
Britons drink around 165million cups of tea a day, almost 60.2billion a year
Britons drink around 165million cups of tea a day – amounting to a staggering 60.2billion a year.
Since the 18th Century the United Kingdom has been one of the world’s greatest tea consumers, with an average per capita tea supply of 1.9 kg per year.
At the same time, the teacup has always thrived too.
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But the new research found that 70 per cent of those asked said they did not actually like drinking out of a teacup unless it was a special occasion.
And just three per cent thought teacups would one day be as popular as mugs once again.
The study also found that the average UK household owns just three teacups but 30 per cent of UK homeowners say they own 10 or more mugs.
Small cups specifically made for drinking tea first surfaced in Europe and Britain in the 17th century and were exported from the Japanese port of Imari or from the Chinese port of Canton.
But a mug holds approximately 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of liquid – double the amount of a teacup.
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