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Liz Whiting
Nicey replies: Well we were as much in the dark about this as you, we sort of knew solvents were involved. So we asked the people who know the Tea Council, and received this very helpful reply from Bill

There are three methods used to wash caffeine out of tea, but number one of the following list is most commonly used.

  1. Di Choloromethylene (organic solvent)

  2. Ethyl Acetate (organic solvent)

  3. Super Critical Co2 (high temperature / under pressure)

All methods are governed by legal limits and of course you never get absolutely all caffeine out. There is always a residue but the industry works to a standard of 0.02g / 100g

Towards the end of the production process (about forty minutes in) but before drying, the tea is washed in an organic solvent (this procedure is common to all products that are decaffeinated) and after washing is sent to the dryer.

The entire industry takes great care to ensure that solvent residues are at fractional levels in the dry leaf when the process is completed. Every production run is rigorously tested for solvent and caffeine residues and those levels are governed by law. Extensive testing has shown that any fractional solvent residue found in the dry leaf evaporates as the scalding water is introduced to the decaffeinated tea.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards

Bill Gorman

Charlie Tomlinson
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Penguin Review
Nicey replies: You won't be keen on what I said about them in our book then.

Mike Armitage
Nicey replies: We keep passing through Rutland, and Oakham on our way to and from other places. In fact we tried to find somewhere to camp up there two weeks ago but wound up in Derbyshire. If we had of made it to Rutland we would have been cycling round there too..

Just got back from a splendid bike ride this afternoon with both younger members of staff and Nanny Nicey. All off road in the hills between Saffron Walden and Royston. We took half a home made fruit cake and a flask of tea. We pop two teabags in the flask when we are ready to make the tea, and this works very well indeed.

Andy Hoyle

Chocolate Caramel Review
Nicey replies: Hoorah for Ireland and Cork, or Cork as the locals call it in their own special accent. Actually we met some people from Cork once and their accents were so strong I thought they were Finnish. I was unable to speak to chap directly and he unable to speak to me, his wife had to act as an interpreter.

Also Hoorah for Derbyshire. We had a very nice weekend camping just above Matlock Bath about two weeks ago, and had a lovely cup of tea at the National Tramway Museum in Crich.

The French

Breton Biscuit Super Review Review
Nicey replies: Thanks for sorting us out on Robins. Even now I know they are 'Rouge gorge' I will still think of them as little Auchans hopping around. As for Poulards I bet they taste like chicken.

As for English mistakes, if you are prepared to put up with ours we won't mind about yours (not that I could see any). As for finding interesting French biscuits etc its really more of a matter of us coming to France and systematically working our way through it all. We really tried hard this year, and our local Boulangerier is probably much closer to getting that new car than they had expected to be at this point.