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Poison Arrow Frog
03-05-2013, 17:31:59
I find this interesting as our grandparents, the WW2 generation in the UK, drank almost exclusively tea instead of coffee yet coffee sales have not only soared in the last 20 years in the UK but it appears UK coffee drinkers have developed a taste for finer coffees and are now rejecting the old instant coffees which used to make up the bulk of British coffee sales. Instant coffee still makes up most of what people 55 and over drink but even among the older folks they're developing a taste for freshly made coffees which use more expensive beans.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22349483

BigGameHunter
04-05-2013, 18:43:17
I live at ground zero of the US "artisan" coffee movement (well one of them maybe). I am on a big tea kick lately and is it odd that coffee is almost strictly for alertness and energy for me but tea is for when I'm feeling reflective or want to be? It seems like a pretty obvious metaphor for culture and I'm almost sad to see the instant gratification attitude spread to more "sophisticated" places...

mr_B
05-05-2013, 01:51:37
tea is for sick whores - fact

Lurker the Seconder
05-05-2013, 23:31:24
seconded

MOBIUS
06-05-2013, 10:35:44
Funnily enough there's been a recent resurgence of tea shops and parlours opening in the UK.

Ones I can think of just in Cardiff:

Pettigrew Tea Rooms (http://www.pettigrew-tearooms.com/) is just over a five minute walk from me.

Waterloo Gardens Teahouse (http://waterlootea.com/index.html) is on the other side of town and ironically won the best coffee shop in the UK one year.

Jaspers Tea Rooms (http://www.jasperstearooms.com/)

Tea & Cake (http://www.qype.co.uk/place/1232545-Tea-Cake-Cardiff)

Then there's about half a dozen of the nicer hotels in town that I can think of that do afternoon tea...

Actually, there's loads in Cardiff!:beer: ( :Tea: )

Honourable mention to ATTIC in Bristol:

ATTIC (All the tea in China) (http://www.attictea.com/) in Bristol about an hour away are brilliant and we did a really cool tea tasting day there!

MOBIUS
06-05-2013, 10:36:27
tea is for sick whores - fact

Cardiff is the sick whore capital of the world!:bounce:

FACT!

mr_B
06-05-2013, 10:45:46
why Cardiff, what were the 5 main reasons for you to go and live there?

BigGameHunter
06-05-2013, 15:51:22
I was watching Paul last night and Pegg's character said we do tea weird in the USA...I.e. leave the bag in... How is tea traditionally made in Europe...Asia...etc?
May have to dig up the Orwell treatise on a perfect cup of tea...
As for coffee, French press is infinitely better than coffee maker...no contest.

mr_B
06-05-2013, 17:16:48
no way
1. percolator
2. espresso machine (Gaggia classic)
3. frech press


4. Nespresso

coffee is one of the only things i take seriouslu serious

zmama
06-05-2013, 18:00:47
Yep, coffee at mr_B G's was mighty good!

mr_B
06-05-2013, 20:32:40
that was no.4 zmama
I'm getting a no.2 next month

zmama
06-05-2013, 21:19:11
I'll be there

Funko
07-05-2013, 10:12:41
I was watching Paul last night and Pegg's character said we do tea weird in the USA...I.e. leave the bag in... How is tea traditionally made in Europe...Asia...etc?

How it's made in the UK is a bit unique really. In the far east it's a completely different style of tea, processed differently and drunk differently.

One of the key differences is that in the UK we expect to have it with milk and in the rest of Europe, US you don't.

Main issues:

1. The wrong blend of tea. A blend not designed for milk.
2. Water overboiled - tea needs to be brewed from water that just reaches boiling, and never reboiled water. This also true of tea without milk. It's because of the oxygenation of the water apparently.
3. Not providing milk, using warm milk, using long life milk. Got to be fresh cold milk. Not unusual to ask for tea with milk and get a cup of tea and a glass of milk.

Leaving the teabag in isn't too big a deal, lots of places here do that. You can always remove it and it allows you to brew the tea to the strength you want.

mr_B
07-05-2013, 10:55:21
different cup of tea!!

Funko
07-05-2013, 12:12:37
It's not your cup of tea.

mr_B
07-05-2013, 12:17:16
inderdeed, going for a nice trappist as in NOW!!!

BigGameHunter
07-05-2013, 17:44:56
I take mine with milk and often honey. I just bought some loose blends and will be hanging my tea balls in hot water now.


Fire away!

zmama
07-05-2013, 17:54:45
Try this blend. It's heavy on the Assam and can be brewed very strong without getting bitter. Great with milk, I'm sipping a cuppa right now.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRMGeFNTYlDzhq9-5PiSHf9pPpouDtpQBcd6Y9r0MvKGZyVPdgH

Funko
08-05-2013, 09:48:04
Yeah, proper tea that.

MOBIUS
08-05-2013, 10:35:40
I live at ground zero of the US "artisan" coffee movement (well one of them maybe).

PS, :lol: @ ground zero! SlowSlow.

BigGameHunter
08-05-2013, 15:47:45
I don't get it....

mr_B
08-05-2013, 18:22:26
it's Mobius, dont bother

zmama
08-05-2013, 18:28:54
He's busy goosing Greece, or maybe greasing the goose?

MDA
09-05-2013, 10:57:00
:funko:

MOBIUS
09-05-2013, 11:22:02
I don't get it....

Own Goal!

C'mon guys, 'ground' as in coffee grounds - ground zero is therefore perfect for the epicentre of coffee shops! Except well, erm, there's no grounds - so no coffee...:drekkus:

That's some serious grounds for complaint!:clueless:

BigGameHunter
09-05-2013, 15:34:39
Ah...now I understand...you must have had children while I was away. -75 IQ points per child I've found!!