Making an International Standard Cup of Tea


  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott8 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 Allen3 months 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

    XantiaD4 months 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 Schroedinger5 months ago

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

  5. VodShod

    VodShod7 months ago

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

  6. Sin R

    Sin R7 months ago

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

  7. FloppyDriveMaestro

    FloppyDriveMaestro3 days ago

    That seems overly complicated

  8. Brandon Neely

    Brandon Neely6 days ago

    I don’t like tea either and I live in Georgia where people bleed sweet tea

  9. Jeremiah Hsu

    Jeremiah Hsu9 days ago

    Chinese: smh

  10. Rahul Bordoloi

    Rahul Bordoloi14 days ago

    What a weak ass cup of tea. In Assam, which produces 1/6th of all the tea in the world, we drink tea with twice the liquor and none of the milk, like real men.

  11. Noah McArthur

    Noah McArthur23 days ago

    So, as an American, I feel like I'm missing out on some context. Where did this standard come from and why was it made and what are people saying about it on the internet?

  12. Gema Pamungkas

    Gema Pamungkas26 days ago

    british problem 101

  13. Deficere X

    Deficere XMonth ago

    Wouldn't the standard be China, since they invented tea? Xd

  14. Lion

    LionMonth ago

    The international standard was never meant for making tea at home, it is for professional tea EVALUATION. Thus, the tea leaves are intentionally brewed way longer. This produces a very thick and strong brew that will exaggerate the tea's notes (its flavor and scent characterstics, as well as color and visual clarity) as well as its quality (both the good and the bad). Truly good quality teas can often stand up to this strong type of brewing and not become overly bitter or hard to drink. Instead there will be an intensity of flavor when sipping this very strong brew, and lingering aftertaste that helps a tea professional evaluate that tea's qualities. This way of brewing tea was never meant for how you'd drink the tea and home, and as far as I know, nobody in any country does make it this way to drink it at home. If anyone thinks this standard is meant to apply to consumers, they are sorely mistaken. It's just a tool for professionals to analyze teas against each other by brewing them exactly the same way, since how you brew the tea (water temperature, leaf to water ratio, and brewing container) drastically affect its flavor.

  15. Drew Virtue

    Drew VirtueMonth ago

    This is the anime *HelloFutureMe* Guy!

  16. Muddy Sea

    Muddy SeaMonth ago

    And why would one not add milk to green tea??

  17. Min Yoongles

    Min YoonglesMonth ago

    I don't like tea why am I watching this

  18. Dale Richey

    Dale RicheyMonth ago

    3:25, Tom's accent is just a guise. He's not actually British

  19. your only jig-maker

    your only jig-makerMonth ago

    It's just tea. Make it. Drink it. Enjoy it. Any argument about it, needs to go into the bin.

  20. Ayush Upadhyay

    Ayush UpadhyayMonth ago

    *Nobody makes a better cup of tea than Indians.*

  21. DrPengin

    DrPenginMonth ago

    So this is the tea that comes out of standard issue starfleet replicators?

  22. Samuel Cuthbertson

    Samuel CuthbertsonMonth ago

    "I don't actually like tea"... British citizenship revoked.

  23. Random Guy That Comments on Youtube videos

    Random Guy That Comments on Youtube videosMonth ago

    0:27 oh tom. You're gonna get banned from the library for this.


    IRON PAINTINGMonth ago

    This is more of a guideline for making tea

  25. buchanan9000

    buchanan9000Month ago

    The only way to make tea is one metric cup of boiling water and 5 earl grey tea bags.

  26. PhazonSpaceSystems

    PhazonSpaceSystemsMonth ago

    "I don't actually like tea." That's impossible! Saying you don't like tea is like saying you don't like breathing!

  27. JusmaVids

    JusmaVidsMonth ago

    250 coffee drinkers don't appreciate standardisation of a cup of tea, as of this comment.

  28. Marcin Rutkowski

    Marcin RutkowskiMonth ago

    more videos :)

  29. Felicia Barker

    Felicia Barker2 months ago

    I knew someone who worked in QA at a tea factory, and they used these standards. Amongst other things, they only sampled a teaspoonful, and then threw the rest away (since they had to sample a lot of teas)

  30. a meme duck

    a meme duck2 months ago

    i always pour milk in a cup, put my tea bag in, get my frozen water out of the freezer (i always boil a couple of litres of water at the start of the week and put it in the freezer) heat it up, pour it in the cup and that is how you make tasty tea

  31. Bardh Azizi

    Bardh Azizi2 months ago

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

  32. Hannah Marie Keyser

    Hannah Marie Keyser3 months 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!

  33. Cash Nelson

    Cash Nelson3 months ago

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

  34. K1naku5ana3R1ka

    K1naku5ana3R1ka3 months ago

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

  35. Darkhill Duck

    Darkhill Duck3 months ago

    this is the most british video i have seen

  36. Aidan Langridge

    Aidan Langridge3 months ago

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

  37. JonatasAdoM

    JonatasAdoM3 months ago

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

  38. Bari M.N.

    Bari M.N.3 months 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!.

  39. Wen Jing

    Wen Jing3 months ago

    Half As Interesting, anyone?

  40. I AM

    I AM3 months ago

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

  41. James Turner

    James Turner3 months ago

    "It's okay" hah

  42. Tomartyr

    Tomartyr3 months ago

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

  43. Kacper Ozieblowski

    Kacper Ozieblowski3 months ago

    Ok, so this exists

  44. jolena auvuya

    jolena auvuya4 months 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.

  45. VMan_ 2002

    VMan_ 20024 months ago

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

  46. sugarfrosted

    sugarfrosted4 months ago

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

  47. Robert Pirlot

    Robert Pirlot4 months 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.

  48. Jodul

    Jodul4 months ago

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

  49. Ashish Gupta

    Ashish Gupta4 months ago

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

  50. Ayush Upadhyay

    Ayush UpadhyayMonth ago

    Same here mate.

  51. SparkyTheFox

    SparkyTheFox4 months ago

    Tom, are those glass containers Gü pots?

  52. Lemonacidvids

    Lemonacidvids4 months ago

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

  53. ArraysStartAtThePowerOf0

    ArraysStartAtThePowerOf04 months 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.

  54. Jefferson Lee

    Jefferson Lee4 months ago

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

  55. Lia Qiao On the Reel

    Lia Qiao On the Reel4 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...☺😊

  56. Crystal Soulslayer

    Crystal Soulslayer5 months ago

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

  57. Ed Schroedinger

    Ed Schroedinger5 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.

  58. Maggi

    Maggi5 months ago

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


    MEGAMIGA5 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) :)

  60. Cayden S.

    Cayden S.5 months ago

    On the in-tea-net

  61. Jan Feeder II

    Jan Feeder II5 months ago

    Instruction unclear, put tea into microwave, nothing happend.

  62. DarkMatterX1

    DarkMatterX15 months ago

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

  63. Mateus Figueiredo

    Mateus Figueiredo5 months ago

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

  64. David Hax

    David Hax5 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.

  65. Mustakrakish

    Mustakrakish5 months ago

    Tea is really just diet coffee 🤨

  66. Adrian Pietkiewicz

    Adrian Pietkiewicz5 months ago

    Why didn't the Heart of Gold have this?

  67. imamoose007

    imamoose0075 months ago

    What about iced tea?

  68. Do Do

    Do Do5 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.

  69. JonatasAdoM

    JonatasAdoM5 months ago

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

  70. karasawa21797

    karasawa217975 months ago

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

  71. David Ball

    David Ball5 months ago

    Wtf is international standard tea?

  72. TheModHead

    TheModHead5 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?

  73. Needleworker's Realm

    Needleworker's Realm6 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.

  74. Giacomo Frate

    Giacomo Frate6 months ago

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

  75. mspenrice

    mspenrice6 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.

  76. Matthew Baka

    Matthew Baka6 months ago

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

  77. Charlie Bell

    Charlie Bell6 months ago

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

  78. Sorry In Advance

    Sorry In Advance6 months ago

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

  79. Joshua Penny Commentary

    Joshua Penny Commentary6 months ago

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

  80. Toasty

    Toasty6 months ago

    You're wrong! Microwave tea is perfectly tasty!

  81. Chadyo the Wallnut

    Chadyo the Wallnut6 months ago

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

  82. Shane Vlaardingerbroek

    Shane Vlaardingerbroek6 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?

  83. Úna Parkinson

    Úna Parkinson6 months ago

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

  84. Krishna Das

    Krishna Das6 months ago

    Drinking a cup of royal milk tea while watching this.

  85. Mark Castro-Garcia

    Mark Castro-Garcia6 months ago

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

  86. Scootaloo

    Scootaloo6 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.

  87. MyLittleDashie 7

    MyLittleDashie 76 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.

  88. Scootaloo

    Scootaloo6 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.

  89. MyLittleDashie 7

    MyLittleDashie 76 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.

  90. fanofboard3333

    fanofboard33336 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."

  91. Ankle Donna

    Ankle Donna6 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!

  92. billymonkey111

    billymonkey1117 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.

  93. Jong shing Ye

    Jong shing Ye7 months ago

    So you make it the Chinese way.

  94. it's 6884

    it's 68847 months ago

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

  95. Anthony Francis-Jones

    Anthony Francis-Jones7 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.

  96. animefreak5757

    animefreak57577 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

  97. ry

    ry7 months ago

    the British take tea way too seriously holy shite

  98. Chillkröte

    Chillkröte7 months ago

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

  99. Aburrki

    Aburrki7 months ago

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

  100. Timothée Billiet

    Timothée Billiet7 months ago


  101. therugburnz

    therugburnz7 months ago

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


    THESHOMROM7 months ago

    Great fun!

  103. Alice Liddell

    Alice Liddell7 months ago

    I audibly gasped at the end.

  104. Weasle 65

    Weasle 657 months ago

    Hey, people in the US like tea too.

  105. Jim Engström

    Jim Engström7 months ago

    Now do a ISO episode of a standard MReporter video.

  106. DasWonton

    DasWonton7 months ago


  107. DezinGTD

    DezinGTD7 months ago

    Not my cup of tea

  108. Scriptminer

    Scriptminer7 months ago

    The things you learn on the internet.

  109. qtpie senpai

    qtpie senpai7 months ago

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