Tweet about making tea sparks heated debate about the correct length of time to leave tea bag in

It may seem easy to create a cup of tea, perhaps even foolproof, but according to one man, there is a technique that is unforgivable.

Writer Joel Golby shared his divisive opinion on tea-making on Twitter, where he has set off a heated debate about the importance of steeping one’s tea.

According to Golby, you “simply can’t trust people who don’t leave the tea bag to steep in the cup for a bit”.

“You think you can get enough depth of flavour just by squashing it a lot with the back of a teaspoon?” he continued. “The arrogance. The ego."

Leave the room and walk away from it.

The tweet, which has since been liked more than 36,000 times, understandably has people divided.

Some people have criticised Golby for the rookie mistake of putting a tea bag into his cup rather than into a teapot.

“No, no no!! It’s got to be made in a teapot, even with tea bags. And a tea cosy to keep the pot warm, for when you forget you’ve made it,” one person responded.

Another said:

You never ever put a teabag in a cup, very uncivilised, tea must be served from a teapot.

Others have said steeping requires “too much time” or defended the method of pressing on the tea bag to release the flavour.

“If you’ve got it in a cup for more than three minutes, you’ve got too much time on your hands,” one man wrote.

But as all good tea experts know, the colour is the key.

Someone else said:

Wrong, stewed tea is vile, milk goes in last and squeeze tea bag against the side of the cup with spoon for five seconds max.

Despite the reactions set off by his tweet, Golby has made it clear that he does not care what other people have to say.

Following up with a second tweet, he wrote:

Lots of people telling me the different ways that this tweet doesn’t apply to them because actually they use different leaves. I don’t care.

I simply don’t care oh my god.

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