Builder's tea is a British English colloquial term for a strong cup of tea. It takes its name from the inexpensive tea commonly drunk by labourers taking a break. A builder's tea is typically brewed in a mug with a teabag (as opposed to loose tealeaves in a teapot), with milk and sugar.
The name is a reference to the many cups of tea consumed on tea breaks by the building trades in the UK and Ireland. The term has widespread use throughout both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Research from the Social Issues Research Centre found that people performing construction work found tea "both soothing and stimulating".
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