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Re the email from your correspondent Hel Moo. This is a variation on the theme of the use of tap water in hot beverages.
Many, many years ago I recall watching a film. I don't remember the name (it was one of those bleak and depressing 1960's black and white jobs) but I remember Glenda Jackson was the leading lady - I guess that makes it of a "certain age". There is in fact only one thing I remember about the whole film. In one scene, it is early morning and she is rushing out of out of her dreary bedsit accomodation and makes a cup of coffee using hot water from the tap (and drinks it as well!) That particular scene has stuck in my mind for the last 20 years and put me off Glenda Jackson for life - that's a bit of a bummer as she is now also my MP. I thoroughly agree with you and I couldn't express it better myself - Yeeerrrchhh.
Keep up the crusade!
Money is still around, yay! They told me I was mad! Thank heavens for your authority.
I'd like to bring to your attention something that has horrified me for some time. I'm not sure who started it, possibly someone with no time for a sit down.
This horrific practice involves pouring upto HALF of the tea away and refilling with cold water. It's obvious that the strength, flavour and overall enjoyment is diluted along with it. Not only this, but the surface becomes covered in bubbles and transforms the brew into a money infested "teappuccino". The aim of all this is to cool the tea down and drink it as quickly as possible, but at what cost?
Has anyone else seen this done? Did it chill them to the bone?
Please alert the public to this appauling habit and let us take action. Think of the children!
|Nicey replies: Yeeerrrrchhh, the horror. Such people will pay the price for such chemical abuse in later life, we would hope. I hesitate to use the Cup if Tea icon.|
been a b3ta lurker for quite a while, and watched your site grow and the accolations it deserves. Nice.
We're not big biscuit eaters in our house. We like tea, as do many of our friends.
We employ the 5 minute rule (if a person enters within 5 minutes of you making a cuppa, you must make them one).
We generally don't use a pot, one bag per person, unless there's about 5 or 6, which is when the pot comes out.
Without wanting to cause conflict, I also am a firm believer of the milk in first method. I think you get a smoother tasting cup, and don't get little floaty bits on the top.
The common argument against the milk in first (MIF) method ("its too milky") doesn't hold with us, and I think most people who disagree with MIF haven't tried it for a few days.
We aren't fans of traditional teas such as assam, darjeeling and lapsong. Nor are we 'proper' tea drinkers, i.e. the tea snobs that think tea + milk is disgusting, and loose leaves are standard. Sod that.
Then there are people that say they like it strong, when in fact they don't like much milk. Milk and strength are seperate parameters, like sugar.
Anyway, I'd like to see tea reviews, and especially including the trend towards fair trade tea.
I used to be a tetley man. Liked me yorkshire tea, could drink PG/Typhoo, but Tetley was the one for me.
I even had a tetley mouse mat.
And once in a moment of tea driven madness, stole a tetley caffetiere thing from a motorway service station.
Oh the shame... :)
Being semi-social conscious, I decided to buy some fair trade tea, as I don't think its right that young children are forced to pick leaves so they can eat that day.
I bought some clipper and some cafe direct fair trade bags from tezzo's I think.
Clipper was OK, on a par with any mainstream tea. The cafe direct then came out. From that first cup I haven't looked back. The smell, the flavour. It was like I'd been drinking bland tasteless tea for all those years, and at last I get a sense of what it should taste like.
You know where you can tell you've had a good cuppa?
You pick up the cup to finish off that last mouthful, and are gutted upon realising its empty?
It used to be a rare occurence. Now its commonplace.
||Yes, I remember Mazawatee (spelling?) tea in my Nottinghamshire childhood 6 miles from Lincolnshire, in the 1940s. The cannisters bore an artistic painting, which I seem to recall was of a mother and child, but I could be wrong. For some childhood reason, I associated the faces with Maori people of New Zealand.|
We had two framed prints on a bedroom wall which I assumed must have been a pre-WWII offer from the same company. Again, I could be wrong.
The tea was still available in the early 1960s when I lived in Kitwe, Zambia, but I haven't seen it since then. Perhaps a Google search might reveal more.
I hope this woolly set of vague memories is useful.
|Nicey replies: Cheers Brian,
I think you have this one solved. A quick Google search turned up this
I am asking for you thoughts on de-caf tea and its quality against normal tea. how much caffeine is in tea in comparison with coffee? Also is lemon tea any good - is it better in a bag or leaves?
|Nicey replies: Usually we drink PG, but we are trying Typhoo for change although the Wife's not keen. I liked the Gnu in the old adverts.|