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Oh, for a nice cup of tea
Mon 26-Sep-11
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I just read in another thread about the Kelly Kettle.I'd never heard of it before. What a marvellous idea! I have to get one in case we have an emergency (please not!). I need a cup of tea at those kind of times! Is it difficult to get it alight? Can you stuff paper in?

 

And it would be great for my son, who often treks around the wilds of China. Last time I was with him (in not a very wild place, but anyway with no western mod cons and no PG Tips), he lamented the whole time that he couldn't have a cup of tea.

 

When in the UK last summer, I parcelled up boxes and boxes of teabags and sent it to him. It created much amusement in the local post office, with facetious remarks about 'all the tea in China' and 'coals to Newcastle'.

 

The other day I watched Luther, a recent UK detective series, with an American friend. I was enjoying it a lot, but my American friend found it rather slow, and remarked 'God, all they do is sit around and drink cups of tea.'

 

Well, we do, don't we!

Mon 26-Sep-11
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Yes we do!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Mon 26-Sep-11
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Since I've just finished my 4th cup of the day I refuse to comment... and it's been a slow day too wink

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Coffee for me......well, apart from the first don't-talk-to-me-until-I've-had-a-mug-of-tea-and-managed-to-get-one-eye-open cuppa! big_laugh

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big_laugh Glad I don't live with you then!

I'll try that again!

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lots of tea, lots of coffee, equal measures I suppose.

I hate it when I go on holiday and it's rubbish tea and coffee, sad though it is,we always pack some tea bags - yorkshire tea of course

Tue 27-Sep-11
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tea but only if OH makes it ...lol...and when im rich ........cappuchino..........and if im loaded its one of those marshmallow and whipped cream 10000 calorie jobbies 

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Terrier said:

lots of tea, lots of coffee, equal measures I suppose.

I hate it when I go on holiday and it's rubbish tea and coffee, sad though it is,we always pack some tea bags - yorkshire tea of course

 

Jan, we are in France at the moment, and have currently 6 boxes of Yorkshire Tea here - just mustn't run out of Yorkshire Tea !!!!!!!  laugh

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Tue 27-Sep-11
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Cup of Tea ????  Devils Food

 

Coffee every time for me.

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When it comes to tea, I kind of like the opposite ends of the spectrum - black tea has to be fairly strong but I also like the lighter flavoured green or white teas.

Coffee has to be strong, no question about it. Too many people in work are incapable of making a decent cafetiere of the stuff and make it too weak. It's quite depressing to find a freshly made pot then realise you can see daylight shining through it.

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We have had two boxes of Yorkshire tea brought across. We can get tea here in Latvia, but Yorkshire tea is lovely. I have grown used to tea not being so good after two years in America. I'm sorry my American friends but when a teabag sits on top of the water, the water is not hot enough and somehow heating water in a microwave just doesn't quite work. Good job I had a few friends who really knew how to make tea and the coffee shop run by our church knew that water had to be hot and had a range of tea including, would you believe it, Yorkshire tea too.

Although I am tea mad, I like my tea brewed not stewed and no milk. If you add milk it looks really wishy washy but there is enough flavour when there is no milk in it.

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If you ever come to Japan, don't bother to order tea in most coffee shops and restaurants. Apart from the fact that it's usually Lipton's el cheapo tea from the States, they have no idea how to make it here. What you will get is a cup of tepid pale brown water, often served in a beautiful tea cup!

 

The problem comes from the way Japanese tea is made. Depending on how the leaves have been cured, the optimum temperature is about 85C, and the water is poured through the leaves. So they just make tea (known as black tea here, I suppose in the same way that what we call green tea is just called tea in Japan) like that. Hot water in which they dip the teabag! It is totally undrinkable.

 

In Mcdonalds here, they give you a cup of hot water, and the tea bag separately, so by the time you've paid, found yourself a place to sit and managed to undo it and get it in the water, the temperature will have dropped amazingly. I have taken to grabbing the teabag off the tray while I am still at the counter, and putting it in the cup before I even get my money out. This is not always a popular movesmile

 

It's particularly surprising because when you go to a department store, the shelves are FULL of expensive brands of tea. Fortnum and Mason, Fauchon, and other big names. Friends can't believe that I had never drunk anything like that in England. Then in the supermarkets you find the dreaded yellow Lipton box.

 

Starbucks is not too bad. They at least know that tea has to be steeped, and offer you your mug with the teabag still in it. However, I don't go there often as a cup of English breakfast tea costs about L2.50 (sorry, no pound sign on my keyboard).

 

I have to try Yorkshire Tea, as everyone is raving about it! Is this a brand name? I manage to get by on PG Tips teabags (not very nice recently) and Waitrose teabags. Waitrose has a tie-up with a Japanese supermarket chain. There are only a few products here, but luckily I can get Waitrose baked beans.

 

One tea I really miss is Jacksons Earl Grey. Jacksons has been taken over by Twinings, and as they already had their own blend of Earl Grey, they discontinued the Jacksons one. Such a pity, as, at least for me, the Twinings one tastes artificial and overwhelming. Jacksons was the original and four generations of my family grew up with it! I think Twinings introduced a new 'Jacksons' Earl Grey at one point, but it used African and Indian tea and the flavouring was different.

 

Must go. I have a cleaner twice a month and today is her 'day', so I have to clear up before she comes!!!

 

Liz

Wed 28-Sep-11
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Yorkshire Tea is a brand name Liz, made by Taylors of Harrogate have you investigated if they deliver worldwide?  I think there is some kind of link with Betty's Tea-rooms too, it is my tea of choice as I like strong tea with a little milk and I really should make sure that I drink more than one cup a day.  Are you certain about Jackson's having been taken over " they are preparing a new website according to Google.

Whenever OH and I go to tearooms, we usually take extra tea bags along because the tea in most places is dreadfully weak.  I would not drink it in MacD and I would not enter a Starbucks at all.

I know what you mean about tidying before your cleaner arrives, I do that too " if I didn't she would put things where she thinks they should be, fatal for me!

I'll try that again!

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We like strong tea too, so we always have an Assam one.  Our gardener (who professes to love tea) likes it EXTREMELY weak.....which means, as we have such strong teabags, I literally have to dunk the bag in the water, swish it about for one second, then take it out eeek.  When it's handed to him, it looks like magnolia coloured hot milk, but he smacks his lips and pronounces it delicious ponder (I think he just likes my cakes so is effusive with his praise winkbig_laugh).

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Toffeeapple said:

Are you certain about Jackson's having been taken over " they are preparing a new website according to Google.

It looks as if Jacksons is part of the Twinings empire, see here. It is all in the small print!

I haven't looked to see if they have killed off any Jacksons brands. I don't like Twinings fruit teas, they are all scent and artificial taste.

I like tea weak and without milk, though I usually drink herbal teas these days. Rather than take extra tea bags, I take the bag/s out of the pot as soon as I get it! big_laugh

I have been drinking Rooibos Earl Grey recently, not the same as real tea, but likeable in its own right.

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