View Full Version : Is Britain becoming a nation of coffee drinkers?

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.


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...

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

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

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!

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

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


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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.


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

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.

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

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

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

09-05-2013, 10:57:00

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:

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!!