Tea Time’s Up: Van Driver’s Classic Dropped for Cappuccino

The era of the traditional builder’s tea is over, with tradesmen and women across the UK favouring coffee over a basic brew, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“Milk and two sugars” has been replaced by “Cappuccino with oat milk”, according to the manufacturer’s study into the drinking habits of van drivers.

A cappuccino tops the list of favourite hot drinks ahead of a latte. The humble English breakfast tea ranks third amongst van drivers, ahead of hot chocolate, an Americano, and a flat white.

Van drivers drink coffee ahead of tea

Van drivers aren’t just becoming more discerning with their choice of tea or coffee, either, with almost one in five opting for an alternative to milk, such as oat, almond, soy or coconut. And when they do go with regular milk, health-conscious van drivers prefer semi-skimmed to full fat.

English breakfast tea13%
Hot chocolate12%
Flat white10%
Other tea2%

It’s thirsty work out on the job, too, with almost a third buying multiple hot drinks in a day, while only one in 10 don’t buy any at all. The van drivers who spend most on hot drinks during work are in London, with an average of seven per week, compared to Welsh van drivers who purchase just three per week.

Van drivers drink coffee ahead of tea

“It’s time to think again when you ask your plumber, electrician, or builder if they want a brew because the chances are it’s not top of the list,” commented Claire English, head of fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “We’re proud to support the nation’s van drivers and hope this research will mean their customers are well-stocked with coffee – and alternative milk options – when they arrive!”

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