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Outrage across the UK after Broadchurchcharacter made his tea in a microwave might be misplaced, Australian researchersays, but does it pass the taste test?


The kettle’s days could be numbered.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

茶壶剩下的日子不多了,图片:Alamy Stock Photo

When DI Hardy, played by David Tennant,made a cup of tea in the microwave during an episode of Broadchurch in March, muchof Britain was horrified.


But it seems that the highly unorthodoxmethod of making a cuppa could result in the best and healthiest brew.


Research by an Australian scientist hasfound that using a microwave to make tea activated 80% of the caffeine,theanine and antioxidant compounds – properties that are linked to lowercardiovascular disease and cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.


Crucially, the unusual method also generatedthe best taste, he found.


“Microwavingis one of the advanced technologies to get more bioactive compounds from theproducts,” Dr Quan Vuong toldthe ABC.
“微波是一种先进科技,可以从产物中提取到更多生物活性化合物,”Quan Vuong博士告诉ABC。

The exact method he used was this:


1. Put hot water in the cup with yourteabag.
2. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds onhalf power.
3. Let it sit for a minute.

1. 倒一杯热水,把茶包浸入水中。
2. 把茶杯放入微波炉,用中档火力加热30秒。
3. 加热完毕后再等一分钟。

Vuong found that the health benefits weregreatest when drinking three cups of tea a day. Using bags or loose leaf tealed to the same result.


His research, which was conducted in 2012at the University of Newcastle, has sparked fierce debate on social media, withmany tea-lovers unable to accept the results.


In the interest of balance, the Guardiandecided to put the microwave method to the test.


In a blind tasting, we sampled cups ofEnglish Breakfast tea made using the usual kettle method and then brewed in themicrowave as stipulated by Vuong.


No surprise that, we both preferred thetraditional method.


Bonnie Malkin and Bridie Jabour testing cupsof tea at Guardian Australia. Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the Guardian

Bonnie Malkin和BridieJabour在《卫报》澳大利亚分社品茶。

“The real tea was much nicer by miles,” myco-taster, Bridie Jabour, said.

“真正的茶的味道要好出几十条街,”跟我一同参加品茶试验的Bridie Jabour说。

“I take my tea black but there was almost acreamier quality and it had a more complex flavour. I felt I was enjoying allthe notes in tea that were on offer, while the microwave tea seemed to lose alot of its tea-ness to be almost tea flavoured water,” she said.


“The microwave tea tasted quite thin, notquite weak but there was no robust flavour there.”


I felt the normal tea was simply hotter,richer and far better.


I don’t know about the physical healthbenefits, but I felt a bit depressed drinking the microwave one.


While the science may be in, it is unlikelyto be the end of a debate that has raged through the ages.


“The best manner of making tea is thesubject of violent disputes,” George Orwell wrote in his essay on how tomake the perfect cup in 1946 - thesame year the microwave was invented.