I don’t drink tea to wake up. I wake up to drink tea. 

Is there anything more invigorating, comforting and refreshing first thing in the morning than a hot cup of Tea? The quote above says it all. Do I wake to drink Tea, or does Tea wake me up? There is a fine line between the two at times, and like coffee drinkers, tea drinkers love the… Continue reading I don’t drink tea to wake up. I wake up to drink tea. 

“Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

The timeless warming sound of a kettle boiling is always heartening and sings with a promise of our favourite beverage. At your place, no matter whether you like to use a stovetop or an electric kettle, or you prefer the features of an iconic Alessi or Le Creuset kettle, a smart kettle that keeps the… Continue reading “Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

“Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

What exactly is Earl Grey Tea? Earl grey is a flavoured Tea scented from the oil in the rind of Bergamot oranges, that grow along the coast of Italy and the south of France. Adding the oil from the orange rind to black tea gives the tea an aromatic, zesty flavour that, according to Twinings,… Continue reading “Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

My mother used to have a day now and then where she would stay inside, read books, drink tea and, because her hands were rarely idle, do knitting or handiwork all day. These occasional days she called 'a nightie day', meaning she stayed in her nightie all day. Rather than a common habit, 'nightie days'… Continue reading “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

“Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

What is the perfect cup of Tea? tea noun ( tee) an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water. Can diminish your troubles,calm your nerves and revive your brain cells. Tea is best made with fresh, good-quality tea leaves in a pre-warmed teapot of your choice with boiling water and served… Continue reading “Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people.

Well designed objects fulfil our desire for art and beauty and are a natural source of pleasure every time we use them. A ubiquitous Teapot is an object that is not only practical in providing a way to serve Tea but can also be a source of memories, a promise of an interlude, a symbol… Continue reading The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people.

“What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

From the beginning of Tea two thousand years ago to when Tea first arrived in England in 1657, Tea has become the second most popular drink after water around the world. The tea beverage has motivated writers and poets who, throughout the centuries, have expressed their adoration and passion for drinking Tea. In their writings,… Continue reading “What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

Life’s Short Use the Fine China!

Teacups have been collected for as long as people have enjoyed Tea. Beginning in China during the eighth century where Tea was served in small porcelain or stoneware bowls. Over the centuries Teacups have been made from various materials; clay, glass, porcelain, bone china, earthenware ceramic, glass, tin, plastics, paper and pottery. Burn the candles;… Continue reading Life’s Short Use the Fine China!

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one”

The ancient Chinese proverb above encapsulates the sentiment I felt in lockdown last year on a ship heading for Italy at the height of the pandemic. Without warning, the Captain sent us to our cabins, and we did not come out for more than a week. Apart from the fear of the unknown situation and… Continue reading “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one”

Time for Tea?

“The Servant Girl” Emil Brack, 1860-1920 How do you like your Tea, made in a Teapot or with a teabag? A cup or a mug? Do you fancy a glass, china, earthenware or ceramic cup? Green or Black Tea, oolong or china Tea, White Tea or herbal, there are many considerations. One thing for sure… Continue reading Time for Tea?

Love and Scandal are the Best Sweeteners of Tea.

A Little Tea and Gossip by Robert Payton Reid  Tea drinking has come a long way since Victorian and Edwardian England's stuffy drawing rooms. Today we make our own rituals and trends of Tea from fruit, flower and herbal infusions, individual private tea blends to Japanese Tea ceremonies and Matcha green, White and Pu-erh Teas.… Continue reading Love and Scandal are the Best Sweeteners of Tea.

“But, indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”

“Some days 'staying put' might feel the same as Going Nowhere. Make a cup of tea, and wait for that feeling to pass.”Vivian Swift I love my cups of tea but recently I was forced to spend a week with no tea at all, locked inside a very small room due to the worldwide pandemic.… Continue reading “But, indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”

“Tea is the Elixir of Life.”

As we move towards a more sustainable way of living, there is a growing trend towards seeking a fair trade, plant-based, gluten-free, lactose and sugar-free beverage that also contains antioxidants. What better drink is there that covers all these criteria than TEA? A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.”Mary Lou heiss… Continue reading “Tea is the Elixir of Life.”

“The Perfect Temperature for Tea is Two Degrees Hotter than Just Right”.

The best place to enjoy a cup of tea is often at home because so many cafes today do not serve 'proper tea' We have become accustomed to a tea bag popped into a cup or a pot of hot water and a lonely teabag on the side, unfortunately. Given the emphasis on specialist baristas,… Continue reading “The Perfect Temperature for Tea is Two Degrees Hotter than Just Right”.

High Tea Sandwiches

Delicate finger sandwiches are a customary part of Afternoon Tea and usually have their own dedicated tier on the High Tea stand. To make appetizing, dainty sandwiches the main things to consider are taste, (so not too overpowering), colour, shape, variety, texture, and freshness. My suggestion is to use an assortment of different breads such… Continue reading High Tea Sandwiches

Tea and Scones

The quintessential treats that to enjoy with a cup of Tea are always scones. Loved the world over and called by so many different names, they are nonetheless, delicious for Afternoon or Morning Tea. Whether you like to say Devonshire Tea, Cream Tea, Devon Cream Tea, Cornish Tea, Tea and Scones or High tea, follow… Continue reading Tea and Scones