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Brewed to perfection: Burco set tea-making world record during team-building exercise


Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances company Burco chose the recent 2014 Hotelympia 10k at the Excel Centre in London to compete in a race of their own: to make as many cups of tea in as they could in one hour. 

The record-breaking beverages were then sold to the runners for a suggested donation of 50p, raising £300 for the event beneficiary The Springboard Charity.

The tea in question comprised a rotation of three varieties of Taylors of Harrogate’s Irish Breakfast, Darjeeling Afternoon and Yorkshire Tea.  


The team of 12 used nine British-manufactured Burco manual fill boilers across three serving stations to achieve the record.

Guinness World Record guidelines stipulated that the tea must be prepared in the proper way specific to that type of tea: using water heated to Taylors tea-specific recommended temperature, brewed for the ideal length of time and in batches of no more than four.  

No note was made however, regarding whether the milk should be poured first or last. The tea was then served in 5oz speciality cups provided by leading disposables company Huhtamaki.


As well as supplying a quality team-building exercise and the chance to get involved in a great London charity event, the record attempt also provided Burco with the ideal opportunity to show off their products gaining brilliant traction with the catering and hospitality trade press. 

Jon Usher, Head of UK Sales and Marketing, was delighted by the triumph:  “A Guinness World Record™ title is like a holy grail and therefore it is a significant achievement for both Burco and Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances to be able to call ourselves Guinness World Record Holders.  In some ways, we were in a prime position to challenge for the title, as we have immediate access to some of the most reliable and consistent boilers in the industry, which played a major part in the attempt.”

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