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‘Tetley Tea’, 183-Years In Business, Finally, In 2020, Figured Out How To Brew Loose Leaf Tea.

by Anura Guruge


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This is quite funny. Just 2-weeks ago I did this post showing that the ‘Tetley Tea’ 2lbs Loose Tea box had instructions for brewing tea using a TEA BAG rather than the loose leaf black tea contained in the box.

Well, wrong instructions or not, there was nothing wrong with the tea. Actually quite decent tea, especially for the price. I liked the tea. So, I ordered another box. As you can see they changed the packaging and now they got the instructions right. I am happy.

I am, as of last week, brewing my loose tea using this MAGICAL ‘Hiware’ $22 teapot. As you can see from my Amazon review I think it is pretty close to perfect.

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My review of this ‘Hiware’ teapot.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Tetley Tea’, 183-Years In Business, And Still Can’t Get Its Instructions For Making A Basic Cup Of Tea Right!

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Brewing instructions at the back.

I kid YOU not.

How is this possible?


Coming from Ceylon I like STRONG, black tea. I prefer coffee, but in deference to keeping my hypertension in check (which it is), I try not to drink too much coffee. So, after prodigious quantities of coffee prior to noon, I switch to black tea for the afternoon, evening & NIGHT. It is 11:33pm and I am drinking black tea. Does it keep me awake? Heck NO. Nothing keeps me awake! 

I had it with tea bags. Just couldn’t get my tea strong enough and towards the end I was using 4 to 5 bags per mug of coffee.

So, I switched to loose leaf tea and started with this box.

Good tea. Robust. Makes a nice cuppa.

I, of course, had never bothered to read the instructions. I do know how to make tea.

Happened to see the instructions today. Cracked me UP.

Don’t these companies have QA anymore?


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“Dunkin’ Donuts” Christmas ‘Peppermint Mocha’ Is A Waste Of Money; ‘Cumberland Farms’ A Better Option.

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I like peppermint. Simple as that. Peppermint is really the ONLY flavor I like in my coffee. So, come Christmas and St. Patrick’s I look forward to indulging in some peppermint flavored coffee — albeit limiting myself, at most, to two a WEEK.

When “Dunkin’” started aggressively advertising, on local radio, its peppermint for this Christmas I could not resist.

I will be honest, I do NOT like “Dunkin'”. I think they are overrated and, moreover, way OVERPRICED. I, 98% of the time, drink plain, non-fancy coffee. Why pay “Dunkin'” when I can get a LARGE cup at McDonald’s or a gas station, e.g., ‘Cumberland Farms‘, for a $1? That was rhetorical.

Well, today, I made an exception and regretted it. I bought a “Dunkin'” peppermint and it was GARBAGE. Even with my SENIOR discount it came to over $4. That is stupid — and I will readily admit that I was STUPID for buying it. That is IT. Never again.

‘Cumberland Farms’ has peppermint flavor for Christmas — 99 cents. I will stick with that.


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Drinking 5 Cups Of Black Tea Is GOOD For YOU; Great News For Sri Lanka & Even For I.

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Sri Lanka continues to be a major producer of black, Orange Pekoe, tea. So this is GOOD news for Sri Lanka.

Over the last 3 – 4 years I cut back on coffee and switched to tea — black, chai, mint, green … — since I do have to watch my blood pressure.

I do still drink 2 cups of strong coffee a day. I need coffee. The three things I know that I need to live are: sex, red wine & coffee, in that order.

I now drink 3 to 5 cups of tea a day. So this means that maybe I will live another year or so, given my constant health woes.


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Tavern 27, Laconia, N.H.: Tapas U.S. Style. Lot Of Fun. Definitely Worth Trying Out. Sure To Enjoy It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am fairly familiar with Tapas. I have been to Portugal, the home of Tapas, a few times and have also frequented genuine Tapas bars in S.F. and Boston. I had heard good things about this place in Laconia and wanted to try it out.

Glad we went. It sure was a fun evening. It was complete, all-inclusive entertainment replete with a very lively (albeit a tad too loud (in terms of volume) piano player, very attentive and fun serve staff, good food and very pleasing, unusual decor that gave it a very exotic ambience. It was eclectic at its best; bronze statues of Ganesh alongside a huge chunk of quartz with van Gogh prints on the wall.

The food was good. The coffee was exquisite. WOW. I would go back just for the coffee. To say it was good would be an understatement. The NE chowder, delicately flavored but robust, was amazing. It was so good I ordered a second cup! I should have had a bowl to begin with. The Scotch Egg was as close to authentic as I can recall and I am Scotch Egg aficionado. We had a good time. The wait staff, both male, one local the other from the West, were very, very good. Very personable.

Wonderful, delectable location and today was the perfect evening. It was resplendent in its pastoral setting with the mountains in the distance, rolling countryside in between, a twinkling lake (or two) interspersed and a hint of a golf course nearby.

It sure seems to be popular with a regular crowd. As we were leaving around 8 pm it was packed. Some may have come in after a round of golf. Seems an affluent hangout judging from the expensive cars outside. Prices were ‘OK’, par for the course for an establishment of that calibre. $100+ for two adults & 2 kids (and just two glasses of wine).

Would definitely go again. Will know the drill better next time. Going to start with the coffee, It is from a local, Laconia coffee grinder. I have had coffee from them at the Laconia Airport Open Day and at the Laconia Multicultural Day. But that was in a ‘plastic’ cup. Here I had the works, including a press-down coffee maker with good cream. Wow.

The food, though Tapas style, is quite American. So don’t worry that it might be too excotic. It is not. It hints at the exotic while delivering what you are accustomed to — albeit in different proportions. Try it. I think you will like it.