Let’s have Tea, the Right Way!
All mugs are cups, but all cups are not mugs:
The word “cup” though holds more than one meaning, is generally regarded as a deep bottomed vessel to hold liquid, eventually used for easy drinking of that liquid with aid of a handle, generally provided with grip. Mug, on the other hand, is a type of cup, slightly bigger in size and heavier in weight. So, like the famous relationship of alkalis and bases, we can jolly well conclude that: “All mugs are cups, but all cups are not mugs”.
Now, this article is surely not designed to enlighten its readers on the difference of mug and cup. On the contrary, this is filled with a unique blend of human psychology and one of the leading hot beverages across the world—Tea.
This takes us to one of the episodes of a British television series “Food Unwrapped”, broadcasted by Channel 4, where an eminent psychologist named Charles Spence, an Oxford Blue, enunciated the fact that the heaviness of a mug has an impact of human psychology.
Where meanings seldom differ, human mind does the job:
From many surveys conducted by professor himself, as well as Dr. Stuart Farrimond (a tea scientist), it is revealed that, under normal conditions, people tend to believe that the drink served in a heavier vessel is of better quality, though in reality, it is found that there is actually no difference in terms of quality or quantity between the two drinks, one kept in a mug, and the other kept in a cup (of lighter weight).
Other results revealed:
But as it is always said, no study will yield a result called “nothing”. During these surveys or to be very specific, human experiments, a chemical’s malicious property could be identified. Styrofoam, a popular brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam, colloquially termed as “Blue Board”, is that chemical, which when used as the manufacturing material of a cup or mug, absorbs the molecules imparting flavours to the tea. There is no gainsaying that this reduces the capability of the tea to satisfy its drinker’s taste buds.
So, we can arrive at the conclusion which confirms that there is no difference in drinking tea from a cup or mug (of equivalent capacity). The change in experience is psychology specific and hence varies from man to man. Professor Spence substantiates this conclusion by his crisp and clear assertion: “What we feel in our hands can have as much influence as what’s in the cup or the mug in determining what we taste”.
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