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Ahead of putting the kettle on for National Tea Day (Thursday 21st April), Leicestershire housebuilders David Wilson Homes East Midlands, and Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, have revealed their Site Managers’ drinking preferences in a new survey.

The survey of Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes’ builders confirmed that a good brew is still a popular part of the day. However, despite the stereotype, 53% of Barratt builders actually prefer coffee over the traditional tea, which came in at 39%.

Just 2% of respondents opted for a fruit or herbal tea as their cuppa of choice.

Over 200 builders from Britain’s biggest housebuilder also revealed their top advice for making the best brew, which is adding hot water first when making tea (65%).

Whilst having strong opinions on the best hot beverages, the construction teams were also asked about their desirable dunkers.

Chocolate Digestives came out on top with 24% of the votes for the best biscuit, closely followed by Chocolate Hobnobs with 20%. The least favourite biscuit was Oreos, making up less than 1% of votes.

The much loved brew is a work place staple and a good cuppa is at the heart of when builders take a break’, aka the ‘builder’s brew’. Having a nice cup of tea is also often paired with celebration or major life events like buying a home, or even after stressful situations.

In fact, a total of 100 million cups of tea are consumed by people in Britain every day according to the Tea and Infusions Organisation.

Rachael Harrison, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “A nice cup of tea is quintessentially British and helps power us through the work day or when important decisions need to be made. However, it now seems that coffee is overtaking tea when it comes to what builders like.”

Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “We have a variety of helpful moving schemes for first time buyers, second steppers and downsizers.

“With the success of our recent schemes at Barratt Homes, just one three bedroom Lichfield home is remaining for a summer move at Wigston Meadows in Wigston, and is available with savings of up to £14,500.

“If anyone would like a cup of tea or coffee whilst looking for their next home, pop in to see what could be available.”

For more information and to book an appointment with a Sales Adviser, call the David Wilson Homes sales team on 033 3355 8483 or the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8472.

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