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I have just come across a very important experiment that you really should be aware of.
The following article is taken from the West Somerset Free Press on Friday may 16.
Tea first or milk? WI is called in to find the definitive answer.
MINEHEAD tea and coffee merchants DJ Miles are trying to solve a riddle that has plagued tea-drinkers for generations: whether to put the milk in before or after the tea.
Centuries after the beverage was first introduced in Britain, tea lovers are still divided into two distinct camps, each side claiming its preferred method achieves the best results.
Now, in a bid to provide a definitive answer, DJ Miles, in Stephenson Road, is embarking on an experiment - with the help of the WI.
Over 10,000 WI members in the South West have been given samples of Miles tea to serve to friends, complete with instructions on how to prepare it in one of the two ways.
The results of the survey will be analysed in the hope of settling the question once and for all.
"We think a trial carried out on this scale should provide some very solid evidence," said DJ Miles director John Halls.
He said that putting the milk in first - as he does may have more to do with history than taste: "Pouring tea that way probably dates back to when thin porcelain cups were used.
"Having milk already in the cup would have lowered the temperature of the nearboiling tea and reduced the chances of the cup cracking." But he added that the tea and milk sequence can affect the taste of a cuppa.
"If you have a large volume of tea in a cup and you suddenly introduce a small volume of milk. the temperature of the milk will shoot up and you can actually scald it, which leaves a burned taste.
"But now more people are using semi-skimmed milk, which has less of a tendency to scald, and perhaps that isn't as important a consideration any more."
Somerset WI Federation secretary Ann Emond said: "I know a lot of people make a bit of a joke of it, but we really do drink a lot of tea - in fact, we are some of of Britain's most dedicated tea drinkers. You'd hardly find a better qualified judging panel."
Incidentally, DJ Miles make some very fine tea, they have a website, where you can find out more about them. I do think they are perhaps notmaking their survey as inclusive as they could because their researchers (the WI) are a bit of a limited sector of the population.
I hope in the near future they extend their research to other important tea-drinkers like builders, journalists, cleaners, 1940s soldiers and your good selves.
I remain, etc,
||First things first; well done on your magnificent site. This is surely what the world wide interweb is all about.|
Secondly, I was wondering whether you could tell me whether the Chocolate-coated jaffa cake was still in existence. I remember coming across these indulgent treats a few years back and being incredibly impressed. The chocolate covered the whole cake/biscuit, not just one side as in a standard jaffa cake. I haven't seen one of these for a while and have begun to fear that they may have been discontinued.
On the subject of cakes, have you sampled the marks and spencer extremely chocolatey mini bites? They are the boaster to the cadbury's mini-rolls rich tea finger.
Keep up the good work. I think I'll sit down and have a nice cup of tea now.
|Nicey replies: Tom,
McVities did total chocolate covered Jaffa Cakes back in the nineties for a brief time to keep out the 'Orangy Tangs' who apparently were after the smashing orangy bit in the middle.
Not been to M&S for some time, but biscuit enthusiast Mandy keeps me appraised of their work, I will pass on your information.
||Hello, would it be alright if I had coffee with my biccies? I like a McVities Taxi, "two thick layers of smooth caramel, with rich chocolate cream and crisp wafer, covered in milk chocolate". Oh you can almost taste it!|
Lobelia Overhill of Nobottle
|Nicey replies: Thats perfectly OK, if thats what you really want to do. Do remember the sit down through.|
Thank you for your interest in the SA bisciut scene (re your review of bisciut of the week) I feel compelled to inform you that you were given a poor substitute for what can only be described as the creme de la creme of South African bisciut fare, namely the widely acclaimed
Chockits. There really is no substitiute, certainly not Romany Creams- the poor mans (nay, beggars) biscuit. I shall endeavour to forward a pack on to you, if one makes it's way to me- God willing.
|Nicey replies: There was another packet painstakingly hand couriered from SA, but due to an administrative error it was eaten before it found its way to us.
Anyhow keep us posted so to speak.
|MessRoom P2 South Croydon
||We at south croydon have been debating the above subject and were wondering why the great people at Mcvities have decided to give us both a tube and a packet, so we thought we would list some pros and cons|
Pros of the tube
2) Keeps the biscuits fresh for longer
3) They don't get crushed and broken ( this brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it)
4) Stops greed, taking 2 biscuits and double dunking.
5) The empty tube can be used for Blue Peter like projects
6) The tubes stack easier in the cupboard
7) They are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye
8) Tubes are easier to open
9) Tubes travel well, you can open and close them, unlike a packet
10) Don't have to worry about crumb spillage
Cons of the tube
1) Less biscuits
2) Costs more
3) You cannot visibly see how many are left, with a packet the free space gets folded over giving an instant view of remaining biscuits
4) More difficult to get out of tube
5) Tube takes up more space in the bin (Unless being used in Pro 5)
6) You cannot use a tube as toilet paper in the jungle. Granted a packet would be slippery but it would work
7) Tubes don't rustle, so a biscuit thief in another room would be harder to hear (Consider CCTV to protect your biscuits)
8) You cannot feel if the biscuits are broken
9) Careless placement of the lid could result in loss of said lid and we all know that such a careless loss would result in soft biscuits
10) Tubes are more likely to be thrown when asked to "Pass the biscuits please" resulting in soft tissue injuries and maybe a trip to the local A&E
Well we have started the ball rolling with a few Pros and Cons on this debate, please feel free to add some more and we will see if we can resolve the Tube verses Packet dilemma.
The Webmasters own opinion on this matter would be appreciated.
W H Warlord and R Mellie.
|Nicey replies: Yay for packets! Woo for packets emptied into tins!|