When DI Hardy – played by David Tennant – made a cup of tea in the microwave during an episode of Broadchurch in March – much of Britain was horrified.
But it seems that the highly unorthodox method of making a cuppa could result in the best and healthiest brew.
Research by an Australian scientist has found that using a microwave to make tea activated 80% of the caffeine – theanine and antioxidant compounds – properties that are linked to lower cardiovascular disease and cholesterol – hypertension and diabetes.
Crucially – the unusual method also generated the best taste – he found.
The exact method he used was this: