It's controversial ...... but microwaving tea may help you make the perfect brew.

Viewers of ITV crime drama Broadchurch were unimpressed when actor David Tennant鈥檚 detective put a cup of tea in the microwave last month.

The Yorkshire Tea company tweeted about the research: 鈥淣o! Stop that! It is purest madness!?/p>

But now one Australian scientist claims making a cuppa as normal with boiling water and then putting it in a microwave for 30 seconds on half power actually creates the best taste possible.

Dr Quan Vuong of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales found that the method activates 80% of the caffeine, theanine and other elements of black and green tea in his experiments.

He told ABC Australia that leaving the drink to brew for a minute afterwards was also key - and that the same rules apply for herbal teas and loose tea leaves.

Typhoo Tea, which is made in Moreton, Wirral, stayed neutral on the row.

The brand tweeted: 鈥淲e are all guilty of forgetting our cup of tea from time to time...but would you microwave it??/p>