London, Nov 19 : Brit labourers are ditching their traditional cuppa for the upmarket coffee, a new survey has revealed.
According to the study of 500 building trade workers, six out of 10 builders prefer coffee during their breaks - and they like to add semi-skimmed milk in it instead of the full-fat variety.
However, the sugar intake is the same - most Brits still add two sugars - regardless of whether they are sipping a cuppa or a cappuccino.
Insiders blame the influx of coffee-sipping workers from abroad for the change in drinking habits.
The survey was carried out by DIY chain Wickes.
It found that 62 percent of Brits now drink coffee rather than tea, which rises to more than 75 percent among those aged 20 to 25.
And a simple mug of instant is not enough. Most go for a posh latte or cappuccino.
"The building trade is moving with the times. Workmen have embraced the more European style of drinking coffee. We see this happening at the burger vans in our stores' car parks," the Daily Star quoted Wickes spokesman Matthew Critchely, as saying.
"It's the younger tradesmen who are leading the revolution, but it has undoubtedly been influenced by a strong influx of workers from abroad, particularly Eastern Europe. Of course, we have always known that the British builder is full of beans. Now this is truer than ever," the rep added.