Price of perfect cuppa in Falkirk causing a stir

A Falkirk Herald reader wasn't happy about paying the full price for an extra tea bag. Picture: Michael Gillen
A Falkirk Herald reader wasn't happy about paying the full price for an extra tea bag. Picture: Michael Gillen
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A storm broke out in a teacup after a pensioner had to fork out 50p to enjoy his full-strength daily cuppa.

A Falkirk Herald reader’s search for his perfect cuppa ended in him reaching boiling point so much so he sent us a letter complaining about the price of a teabag in a local supermarket’s cafe.

The reader likes his tea strong and asked for an extra teabag in the Tesco cafe in Redding. But he couldn’t believe his ears when he was asked for a further 50p for the addition bag.

He said: “I decided to go to the cafe for a roll and a cup of tea and the total cost was £2.50. I like strong tea so I asked the lady for another tea bag and she said ‘Certainly sir, that’ll be 50 pence!’.

“I thought I had misheard her but she confirmed it was indeed 50p for the extra teabag. I didn’t get any more water or another cup, just a tea bag. It’s a total rip-off!”

The reader could have gone downstairs into the store and bought 40 Tesco Everyday Value teabags for just 20p.

Things could have been worse. If he had gone to the cafe in Morrisons’ Hope Street store he would have been charged an extra 99p – the cost of a cup of tea. Asda in Grangemouth also charges full price of a cuppa for an extra tea bag – 90p.

Everyone has their different tastes in tea – some like it weak while others enjoy it strong. The sweet-toothed among us like two sugars and milk, but others do not.

A nice cup of tea is one of the nation’s most popular drinks and the Royal Society of Chemistry even has a guide on ‘How To Make a Perfect Cup of Tea’.

The RSC say milk should be put in the cup first and that the addition of sugar moderates the “natural astringency of tea” which is a good thing.

Author George Orwell, a famous “tealover”, also had 11 rules for making a cuppa.

No one from Tesco was available for comment regarding prices at the time of going to press.