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||I, like many right-minded individuals, am more than a little concerned with the shocking statistics re low-level tea drinking amongst our youth. This coming mere days after the endorsement by our government of banning hoodies at Bluewater seems like more than a coincidence. Indeed I feel that the lack of desire amongst our youth to enjoy a soothing cup O tea is directly linked to the increase in yob culture. I have been enjoying tea since my earliest years & have never indulged in yobbish pursuits. Home Office minister Hazel Blears is on the right track when she makes the case for getting families to eat dinner together but this idea should be taken further & include mandatory tea breaks for all youths, with a nice selection of biscuits on little china plates. This would give them time for quiet reflection with their peers & hopefully assuage any desires to don a hoodie & make merry hell in a nearby shopping centre.|
Mr Jason Cook
Let me introduce myself. My name is Steve Stone and I am a growing Tea enthusiast. Both the brand and the style of tea making can be as important as the biscuit it comes with.
As I am rushed for time I have to make this email short and to the point (I am a busy student). Nice cup of tea and a sit down has unfortunatly missed a very important point about tea. (I'll try not to sound to much like an activist but....) Did you know because of fluctuating market prices for the tea farmers (God bless them for growing that beautiful golden drink) they often dont know if they'll get their money back from the production cost? Trade rules are grossly unfair to farmers in the developing world and it is because of this that fair trade tea is so good, more then matching its rivals in taste and quality. Not only this but you can drink it and know that you are not robbing innocent farmers of their lives. Its all organic and tastes lovely.
Its the sweet taste of justice to accompany that perfect bourbon.
Tea is beautful, and we should keep the farmers that grow it experianced enough to pass on their tea growing knowledge to their children in as an enthusiastic manner as those who enjoy the product of their labour. Please please please replace the PG tips picture with a fairtrade picture as PG and Tetley are particully bad :( (It is a simple and effective step to take)
Also tea tastes soo much better in a china cup instead of a plastic one :D
Many thanks for your time
|Nicey replies: Steve,
As we have always said we drink PG and so personally that is that. However, of course the points you raise are of real importance to real people's lives, and we are very happy to give them space here. PG have this to say about their responsibility to producers and their membership of the Ethical Tea Partnership, as are Tetley. Now I'm the first to say that I've not had first hand experience and witnessed the arguments either way with my own eyes. It is, however, of note that such a body exists and and that it was set up by the industry to provide independent monitoring of its own practices.
The fact that more and more people such as yourself are being vocal about these issues is putting increasing pressure on the industry to be transparent about the practices involved in tea production. Your right as a consumer to choose fairtrade products is having a real effect on the market, and market leading products ultimately have no choice but to respond to that constructively or loose market share. After all if the big brands are seen to be actively addressing ethical issues then surely this will lead to a far greater result for all concerned in the long run.
Yes obviously drinking tea from plastic is far from ideal, however, at times such as on the 9:45 Kings Cross Express it does the job nicely.
|Sorry to spoil the numbers Joanne, but I have added to the Garibaldi correspondence, and you may have counted me as male, when in fact I am female! On a Garibaldi type biscuit not, has anyone else noticed that those apple and cinnamon biscuits sold in packs of three biccies by McVities as part of their Go Ahead range are remarkably like Garibaldis in shape and texture? Three are just a nice number with a nice cup of tea when having a sit down.|
Yours biscuitly (in a female sort of way)
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for you and your ladyness Chris (we worked it out ages ago..). Yes there are some good fruity biscuits to be had in the Go-Ahead range, which is recovering nicely from its initial Mr Motivator led campaign, some ten or so years ago.|
|After an involved discussion during a work lunch break, myself and several colleagues came to the conclusion that the Garibaldi Biscuit is a Dadís Biscuit.|
Hurried research gleaned from your website has since backed up our initial conclusions. 6/8 people who have emailed you regarding these biscuits are male.
Jo & Fran
|Nicey replies: You may well have a point. I briefly fondled a pack of Crawfords Garibaldi's only this lunch time in Budgens, before realising that I had come in there to get toothpaste the younger members of staff.|
I note the recent vigorous debate around the sound made by the teaspoon on the side of the cup. I must say I like the scientific explanation, and it makes sense to me. Iíve never noticed it on coffee, as I donít drink the stuff, but I have noticed it on hot chocolate (generally from a single serve sachet, for experimental purposes), which has a markedly different ďclunkĒ-type sound when you stir it. Obviously hot chocolate is, as a rule, much more viscous than a cup of tea, and so the fact that the sound is effectively trapped in the gunk of the drink stands to reason, now it has been explained to me. Iíll have to think of something else to ponder whilst stirring a cup of hot chocolate now Ö