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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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‘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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New Claim That Drinking Tea Can ‘Prevent’ Diabetes Has To Have Caveats.

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from March 28, 2017.

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My doubts are based on the fact that Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) had and still continues to have a relatively high prevalence of Type II Diabetes — and NOBODY can drink more tea than the folks in Sri Lanka.

But, they, at least when I was growing up, drank tea with LOTS of sugar and in many cases large helpings of (sweetened) condensed milk. They liked it sweet. Diabetes was, as such, very common.

So, that is a caveat that I would INSIST upon in the context of this claim. Tea WITHOUT SUGAR MIGHT reduce your chances of getting Type II diabetes.

IF you insist on drinking it with sugar, all best are off.


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Effective Multilingual Google Doodle Reminder “U.S. Voter Registration Day” — September 26, 2016.

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Animated Stylish Google Doodle To Celebrate 358 Years Of Tea Drinking In The United Kingdom (U.K.).

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British Sci-Fi Favorite “Doctor Who”, Seasons 1 – 8 Now On Amazon Prime Video (For Free).

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Thought it was the only thing going on many Saturday or Sunday nights on British TV during my time there (1969 to 1985) I was never a Doctor Who fan. I kind of grew out of Sci-Fi fairly early on in my life. But I get a feeling that the kids may like it. We have Amazon Prime so it will be available for free. 

Just wanted to make sure YOU knew about it. Enjoy — it is your cuppa of BritishT’.


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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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Map Of The British Empire In 1910. Has To Do With My Coverage Of ‘Poppy Day’, WW I Having Started 4 Years Later.

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From the 'Encyclopedia of New Zealand' at www.Teara.govt.nz.

From the ‘Encyclopedia of New Zealand’ at http://www.Teara.govt.nz. Click for original.


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At the behest of ‘Nancy’ the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The countries marked in Blood Red formed the British Empire over which the Sun never set.

Nancy, like I, also liked the Pacific (as opposed to Atlantic) centered orientation of the map. To be fair, growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s, I was fairly used to this representation which had India and Ceylon towards the centre (sic) though I notice, with amusement, that this map does a fairly poor job of getting Ceylon’s, fairly simple, but elegant, shape wrong.

Enjoy. 

Map of Ceylon from 1914. The red in this map denotes the areas where coconuts are grown. The green denotes tea, which is grown upland in the hills.nuts

 

Belgium (An European Country) Starts Selling Chocolate Flavored Stamps — For Real. Kid You Not. April Fools Is Next Week.

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Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.

Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.



They take chocolate very seriously, as they should, in Belgium.


Since I look like I am made out of dark chocolate I have always been ultra partial to all things chocolate. This is a hoot. Belgium actually is quite famous for its chocolate. All in all it is a fun place. I used to go to Brussels often on work; had a great gig doing 5 day training sessions for Philips sales folks. Just off the central square in Brussels they used to have a ‘Russian Tea Cafe’. They served brown ‘tea’ in Pyrex, see through mugs. There was only one thing that made this tea different — it was highly inflammable, and waiters would invariably hold a lighter to them and catch them on fire before they left you table. In reality it was all vodka with a perforated spoon with tea leaves dipped into it for color and a bit of flavor. So you were consuming vodka in the quantities that people drink tea. It was a riot. A few times I saw women being carried out, horizontally. They were totally stiff. Like cardboard cutoffs. Typically two men would carry them out like carrying a carpet. I guess that is what the vodka would do. Never bothered me. These training sessions were from 9 to 5 and I was on my feet for all but 75 minutes of that. But, I would party till 2 or 3 in the morning and still be fine for the next day. So, I am quite fond of Brussels and Belgium. Even thought about moving there at one point.