Making an International Standard Cup of Tea


  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott5 months ago

    Quietly edited out of this video: two minutes of waiting for the kettle to boil because I forgot to push the button to start it.

  2. Quincy Allen

    Quincy AllenMonth ago

    I waited 10 minutes for my tea to steep this morning (I usually tell by smell when it's done cause I'm doing other things) only to realize I hadn't poured in the water

  3. XantiaD

    XantiaDMonth ago

    My kettle has a window in the side and a blue light inside. It's very obvious when the pot is turned on - it's like a scene from "Fantasia" in there when the water boils. I forget to push the button on the thing all the time.

  4. Ed Schroedinger

    Ed Schroedinger2 months ago

    well understandable considering you don't actually like tea....

  5. VodShod

    VodShod4 months ago

    isn't this also used to best compare different tea ingredients with each other?

  6. Sin R

    Sin R4 months ago

    Tom Scott If only you knew how many times that happens to me PER DAY (I really like tea.)

  7. Bardh Azizi

    Bardh Azizi28 minutes ago

    MReporter suggested this video to me exactly 1 year after HAI did his video about this standard :D

  8. Hannah Marie Keyser

    Hannah Marie Keyser5 days ago

    I’m surprised nobody has commented yet that the use of green tea is probably what made it only ‘okay.’ Green tea has its own very specific requirements to not come out nasty and bitter. I usually do mine no hotter than 190 degrees, for 3 min. 6 minutes?! That stuff is probably terrible, no matter the heat of the water at that rate. If that’s how you drink green tea I don’t blame you for not liking it! Over steeped green tea is one of the most terrible tastes I have ever had the displeasure to taste. I have experimented for a long time with tea and not all of them went well! 😂 Fun video, not hating, just a bit of a tea enthusiast here!

  9. Cash Nelson

    Cash Nelson13 days ago

    6 minutes for a green tea?>??? Jesus christ

  10. K1naku5ana3R1ka

    K1naku5ana3R1ka17 days ago

    Who would need a standardized tea except for Lawful Stupid bureaucrats?

  11. Darkhill Duck

    Darkhill Duck17 days ago

    this is the most british video i have seen

  12. Aidan Langridge

    Aidan Langridge18 days ago

    But you do like Gü, I see. Good stuff.

  13. JonatasAdoM

    JonatasAdoM19 days ago

    "No photography of computer screens" How about a screenshot?

  14. Bari M.N.

    Bari M.N.22 days ago

    Does every British people has the obligation to like tea!?. Come on everybody has their own preference without regarding their nationality nor ethnicity. Anyway tea came from China so historically it's not a pure original British culture!.

  15. Wen Jing

    Wen Jing23 days ago

    Half As Interesting, anyone?

  16. I AM

    I AM24 days ago

    I'm English and love tea, god bless the queen!

  17. James Turner

    James Turner25 days ago

    "It's okay" hah

  18. Tomartyr

    Tomartyr26 days ago

    There is an error in the title, it should be: Making an International Standard Bowl of Tea

  19. Kacper Ozieblowski

    Kacper Ozieblowski26 days ago

    Ok, so this exists

  20. jolena auvuya

    jolena auvuyaMonth ago

    maybe you didn't know that aeroplanes want you to relax. the deliberately dim the lights and serve you wine to make you sleep, because they want you to tip the seat back, the more passangers that have their seats tilted back and are a bit more horizontal, the faster the plane will fly. so thats why they slyly encourage it.

  21. VMan_ 2002

    VMan_ 2002Month ago

    0:27 It's fine, because he's filming it, not photographing it.

  22. sugarfrosted

    sugarfrostedMonth ago

    Tom admitted to not liking tea? Is he going to get deported by Mr. B personally?

  23. Robert Pirlot

    Robert PirlotMonth ago

    I'm the lazy Tea drinker. A machine that makes the perfect cup of tea every time. From Teforia. I got 3 of them. No, I didn't actually pay for the tea or the machine. Are you insane? Expensive crap.

  24. Jodul

    JodulMonth ago

    *"I don't actually like tea."* *CRUCIFY HIM!*

  25. Ashish Gupta

    Ashish GuptaMonth ago

    There is a perfect cup of tea made by my mom with ginger in it

  26. SparkyTheFox

    SparkyTheFoxMonth ago

    Tom, are those glass containers Gü pots?

  27. pixeloutrun

    pixeloutrunMonth ago

    "I don' t actually like tea" I loved that final sentence

  28. ArraysStartAtThePowerOf0

    ArraysStartAtThePowerOf0Month ago

    How to make tea: Get lots of water in a pot. Get lots of tea bags in the pot. Boil. Keep boiling. When water levels get low add more water and keep boiling. Change the tea bags and put in new ones. Boil until the water level is low. Now you have have a bitter af black liquid with less caffeine than coffee.

  29. Jefferson Lee

    Jefferson LeeMonth ago

    Not The Perfect Cup of Tea, just *a* cup of tea. Perfect.

  30. MapleChampz OnFire

    MapleChampz OnFire2 months ago

    Hmm i guess u should come to india To make a not standard but traditional tea which i swear will b the best of ur life ever...☺😊

  31. Crystal Soulslayer

    Crystal Soulslayer2 months ago

    Keurigs do a damn fine job of heating up the water. Don't use the pods, though, they're expensive and pointless.

  32. Ed Schroedinger

    Ed Schroedinger2 months ago

    I do not remember to have ever come across a video featuring quite literally only comments which somehow incidentally confirm that the clip has actually been watched up to the very last second... kudos! ...even tho you actually don't like tea.

  33. Margarita Palacios

    Margarita Palacios2 months ago

    Anarchy in the UK: Tom doesn't like tea.


    MEGAMIGA2 months ago

    You make some of the most interesting videos on YT, yet you do not like tea??! Why, WHY??? On a side note, is this really a standardised way to way tea? Because, according to the variety of tea you are to make, water must have a correct, given temperature. For instance, you must not use boiling water to brew green tea because you will burn the leaves and thus, have a weird, metallic taste (there are a couple exception, some Japanese teas, like Bancha, is made using 90° water) :)

  35. Cayden S.

    Cayden S.2 months ago

    On the in-tea-net

  36. Jan Feeder II

    Jan Feeder II2 months ago

    Instruction unclear, put tea into microwave, nothing happend.

  37. DarkMatterX1

    DarkMatterX12 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea." Translated: 'caauuuuusssssse Iiiiiiiiiii wannnnaaaa beeee AN-AR-CHY!!!

  38. Mateus Figueiredo

    Mateus Figueiredo2 months ago

    my favourite British right now doesn't like tea and the world is a lie

  39. David Hax

    David Hax2 months ago

    Finally! Another British person who doesn't like tea! I always get strange looks when people offer me a brew and I decline as I don't particularly like tea and I try to only drink one cup of coffee (in the morning) and water for the rest of the day. Doesn't seem like a big problem, but some people get very (VERY) offended when I refuse their offer.

  40. Mustakrakish

    Mustakrakish2 months ago

    Tea is really just diet coffee 🤨

  41. Adrian Pietkiewicz

    Adrian Pietkiewicz2 months ago

    Why didn't the Heart of Gold have this?

  42. imamoose007

    imamoose0072 months ago

    What about iced tea?

  43. Do Do

    Do Do2 months ago

    Tea is indeed a very magic thing. Even though it is embedded in a bag, it somehow affects the water and turns it into tea. Science can´t explain everything.

  44. JonatasAdoM

    JonatasAdoM2 months ago

    I am brazilian and I don't like coffee..

  45. karasawa21797

    karasawa217973 months ago

    I do have to point out, though, that green tea is very un-British.

  46. David Ball

    David Ball3 months ago

    Wtf is international standard tea?

  47. TheModHead

    TheModHead3 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea" So, what do you do at tea time then? Does everyone just stair at you like the weirdo you are for not liking tae?

  48. Needleworker's Realm

    Needleworker's Realm3 months ago

    Oh god Tom, you are too good for the internet, bringing all these truths out for us. Not the hero we deserve, but certainly the one we need.

  49. Giacomo Frate

    Giacomo Frate3 months ago

    What the hell do you even mean by "I don't actually like tea". The British crown ordered you at the stake!

  50. mspenrice

    mspenrice3 months ago

    Wait, by uploading this, aren't you effectively republishing the ISO paper without a license? Watch your back for the ISO Police... the world's most uniformly regimented law enforcement agency.

  51. Matthew Baka

    Matthew Baka3 months ago

    "No Photography of Computer Screens" Well I see someone's a budding anarchist.

  52. Charlie Bell

    Charlie Bell3 months ago

    If you were adding milk, how much would you have added? Per amount?

  53. Sorry In Advance

    Sorry In Advance3 months ago

    This is the most British thing I've ever seen I love it

  54. Joshua Penny Commentary

    Joshua Penny Commentary3 months ago

    But you did it wrong... It brewed for 6 minutes and 2 seconds, not 6 minutes. I call clickbait.

  55. Toasty

    Toasty3 months ago

    You're wrong! Microwave tea is perfectly tasty!

  56. Chadyo the Wallnut

    Chadyo the Wallnut3 months ago

    Hahaha, the glorious UK. library running on Windows XP.

  57. Shane Vlaardingerbroek

    Shane Vlaardingerbroek3 months ago

    I notice here in the UK that its acceptable for English people to squeeze the tea bag with their fingers. I wonder if her Royal Highness likes it that way?

  58. Úna Parkinson

    Úna Parkinson3 months ago

    I also am not that gone on tea which in Ireland is bizarre

  59. Krishna Das

    Krishna Das3 months ago

    Drinking a cup of royal milk tea while watching this.

  60. Mark Castro-Garcia

    Mark Castro-Garcia3 months ago

    I wonder what the ISO is for instant coffee? :)

  61. Scootaloo

    Scootaloo4 months ago

    What's funny is that I have talked to some British people in the past, saying that Americans don't know anything about Tea, and that Tea in the US is bad???? I was like.... 0_o?? Um...... excuse me! But um... More Americans drink Tea than the entire population of the UK. In fact, 80% of all U.S. households will have Tea readily available in the house. Also all teas can be purchased here, just like in the UK. Then they were like yeah, but only folks in the UK really know how to make it. I was like um...Most Brits just place a tea bag in the cup/pitcher. So... >_> Nothing special at all. (As was mentioned here in this video.) Now maybe Brits drink more cups of it per day perhaps? But then again, US drink sizes also tend to be larger. In Fact the U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world after only Russia and Pakistan. Yeah, they did not have much to say after that. XD So I basically said yeah, you may love your tea, but that doesn't mean your the only country who drinks it.

  62. MyLittleDashie 7

    MyLittleDashie 73 months ago

    "my numbers are based on science" Jesus, sounds like something from a shampoo commercial. The point I was making is the per capita is way more important than sheer volume. Maybe you need to read what I said? And well done on being technically correct that you can't assume that in comparing any two nations the one with the bigger population will import more of any given commodity. But we're not talking about *any* two countries, we're talking about 2 very specific countries, which are equally well developed, and for which one has a population that is not only bigger, but utterly dwarfs the other. So yeah, other than some very specific items like some kinds of European food or something, I'd be surprised if there was even a single commodity that the UK imports more of than the US by sheer value. And if there is something, then that thing will be incredibly remarkable for the very fact that it'll be the only thing the UK imports more of.

  63. Scootaloo

    Scootaloo3 months ago

    MyLittleDashie 7 My numbers are based on science from the national Tea association. As I said in my comment per capita perhaps the British drink more. You need to read what I said. And just because a population is bigger, doesn't mean it's going to automatically import more. It's the same argument about GDP of a country.

  64. MyLittleDashie 7

    MyLittleDashie 73 months ago

    Don't know where you're getting your numbers from, but they are bollocks. To be clear I don't care about gate-keeping tea from Americans, I don't even like it myself, but your numbers are way off, and by using magnitudes you're unfairly representing the consumption of tea in the two countries. If you're going to use sheer number then the US will probably beat the UK on imports of literally anything, that's what happens when you have a country with something like 6 times as many people in it. Per capita consumption is a much better metric to compare, and on that from the UK beats the US by a country mile. The UK has an annual tea consumption per capita of about 4.5 pounds, and the US is way down at 0.5 pounds. So about 9 times less tea is consumed per person in the US than in the UK. Also, people having tea in their house is meaningless. How long has it been there on average? How many people in the world buy a bunch of fruit only to have it rot, throw it out, and then buy more? Tea could be the exact same, something people just buy, but never actually use.

  65. fanofboard3333

    fanofboard33334 months ago

    "Scope and field of application This International Standard specifies a method for the preparation of a liquor of tea for use in sensory tests, by means of infusing the leaf."

  66. Ankle Donna

    Ankle Donna4 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea." Tom is his own person and will not follow the masses for the sake of conformity. I'm a retired LEO in the U.S.A. and I can't stand coffee and I'm not particularly fond of doughnuts. My coworkers thought me peculiar. They were right, I'm proud to say!

  67. billymonkey111

    billymonkey1114 months ago

    I love it when one of your random videos is something I already know all about. This standard has been a running joke at my (design engineering) job for a while, there is a 'technical drawing' of a cup of tea, with "must conform to BS 6008" kicking about somewhere.

  68. asd asd

    asd asd4 months ago

    Some idiot got paid for writing that standard, and someone who probably didn't want to had to pay for it.

  69. Jong shing Ye

    Jong shing Ye4 months ago

    So you make it the Chinese way.

  70. it's 6884

    it's 68844 months ago

    also one shouldn't use boiling water for green tea. :(

  71. Anthony Francis-Jones

    Anthony Francis-Jones4 months ago

    Forgive me if this has been said before but those with a military background will be familiar with the following - when asked how you would like your tea the 'standard' is NATO - if you say "NATO" you get tea with milk and two sugars - not really a standard but something that all understand.

  72. animefreak5757

    animefreak57574 months ago

    For anyone wondering about differing boiling temperatures due to elevation, The boiling point drops by a little under 1 degree F for each 500 feet over sea level, so unless your trying to make a International Standard Cup of Tea - ISO 3103 on the top of mount everest, it's not going to make a lot of difference

  73. ry

    ry4 months ago

    the British take tea way too seriously holy shite

  74. Chillkröte

    Chillkröte4 months ago

    This is by far the most british video I have watched today.

  75. Aburrki

    Aburrki4 months ago

    So, how's life after losing your British citizenship, Tom?

  76. Timothée Billiet

    Timothée Billiet4 months ago


  77. therugburnz

    therugburnz4 months ago

    6min sounds right to me.however that could depend on the tea.


    THESHOMROM4 months ago

    Great fun!

  79. Alice Liddell

    Alice Liddell4 months ago

    I audibly gasped at the end.

  80. Weasle 65

    Weasle 654 months ago

    Hey, people in the US like tea too.

  81. Jim Engström

    Jim Engström4 months ago

    Now do a ISO episode of a standard MReporter video.

  82. DasWonton

    DasWonton4 months ago


  83. DezinGTD

    DezinGTD4 months ago

    Not my cup of tea

  84. Scriptminer

    Scriptminer4 months ago

    The things you learn on the internet.

  85. qtpie senpai

    qtpie senpai4 months ago

    those glass pots, i see ur a fan of waitrose cheesecake, tom

  86. Scorn City

    Scorn City4 months ago

    what next? International Standard to Poop?

  87. ShamansMystery

    ShamansMystery4 months ago

  88. jason dads

    jason dads4 months ago

    warming up tea in the microwave...

  89. Quaglium Quagnarr

    Quaglium Quagnarr4 months ago

    Where I'm from standard tea is sweet tea.

  90. Bob England

    Bob England4 months ago

    i have to admit its not often i have a cuppa, however i have found that Yorkshire Tea is by far the best :)

  91. MrManiac3

    MrManiac34 months ago

    There needs to be an International Sandwich...

  92. weebo

    weebo4 months ago

    This process of making tea makes me more interested in making tea. Microwaving a mug with a teabag has always been a bit lack luster.

  93. Fart Vader

    Fart Vader4 months ago

    So the standard cup of tea taste standard. Shocking

  94. Christian Ingmar Kjølsvik

    Christian Ingmar Kjølsvik4 months ago

    What? A Brit who doesn't like tea?!

  95. Tael64

    Tael644 months ago

    I now want some tea.

  96. PurpleShift42

    PurpleShift424 months ago

    I would watch a Tom Scott cooking show ... probably because it would be breaking all the cooking show genre expectations and be a Tom Scott informational video instead, but still.

  97. Ruby Brown

    Ruby Brown4 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea" Once Tom said this MI6 came to his house for questioning on if he was actually British. They then proceeded to take away his birth certificate, passport and ability of queuing.

  98. Ruby Brown

    Ruby Brown4 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea" WHATTTTTT

  99. Dovile Simonoviene

    Dovile Simonoviene4 months ago

    Checked if this was made in April Fools. So either a) wtf Professional Tea Tasting Set xD or b) Tommy's internet lagged absolutely brilliantly and video had to be uploaded 8 days after April Fools

  100. Witold Klugbaum

    Witold Klugbaum4 months ago

    You don't like tea? *U N S U B S C R I B E D*

  101. Fur Q

    Fur Q4 months ago

    Were the 2 glass objects on the side empty GU dessert glasses ?

  102. losttownstreet

    losttownstreet4 months ago

    Sorry to say this: There was/is a TV-report of an tea house (a big importer in the port of Hamburg), where they tastes the tea the standard way. They flip the teapots very fast and don't get any spill on the table. The test was invented to get the right price for the chargo of a ship full of tea (if you bought it on food auctions).

  103. PyroNinja713

    PyroNinja7134 months ago

    What's so bad about microwaving old 3 day old tea?

  104. Alkeryn

    Alkeryn4 months ago

    Looks like a terrible tea though

  105. Garrett Norris

    Garrett Norris4 months ago

    when he said "specialty equipment that most people haven't even heard of" I thought he was going to be doing some kind of interferometry or mass spectrometry on it. instead it was weird special equipment that I hadn't heard of.

  106. JC Fennec

    JC Fennec4 months ago

    As an American, I have 4 British friends. I can honestly say I enjoy tea way more than 3 of them. The one who enjoys it as much as I do is a bit older, an ex RAF pilot and a radio engineer.

  107. Мария Усольцева

    Мария Усольцева4 months ago

    You tell very interestingly

  108. zhina abdulkarim

    zhina abdulkarim4 months ago

    "I don't actually like tea." Tom, I'm going all the way back to London just to take your British card.