Working from home, we drink a lot of hot beverages during the day – the kitchen is less than 10 paces away from where we sit at the computer. We tend to have one or two cups of coffee in the morning, then switch to loose leaf teas for the rest of the day.
We drink all sorts of tea – black, white, green – depending on the time of day or what we’re eating. I also cook with tea leaves occasionally.
We tend to buy our ‘everyday’ tea (Yorkshire Tea) at the supermarket,our ‘special everyday’ tea from Fortnum & Mason, our usual brand white tea from Amazon and green and jasmine teas from a Chinese supermarket in Manchester.
Tea subscriptions were made for people like us. We’re always up for trying new ones that you wouldn’t normally find in the supermarket. What kind of tea(s) do you drink?
- Teabox: from £39.70 for 3 months
- Silver Lantern tea: from £36 for 3 months
- Fortnum & Mason: from £45 for 3 months
We love tea here at H is for Home headquarters – green, white or builders’. Always loose leaf of course! It tends to be strong ‘builders tea’ by day, but in the evening we’re a little more refined and opt for Silver Needle, Dragon Pearl, Yellow Sun and the like.
A glass teapot makes for the perfect brew when it comes to these delicate leaves. You can watch the colour and intensity of flavour develop – pouring at your optimum point. Also, some of these more exotic ones such as blooming tea are things of beauty that need to be seen – the petals & flowers unfurling like a spring day as the hot water penetrates the dried ball.
- Viva Scandinavia Bjorn glass teapot, transparent, large: £25.99, Amazon
- Loose leaf glass teapot with infuser by Bluebird Tea Co.: £60, Notonthehighstreet
- Wedgwood Tea Garden glass teapot: £80, House of Fraser
Life doesn’t properly start for us each morning until the first mug of coffee has been consumed. After that initial jump start, we move on to cups of tea for the rest of the day.
We’re ideal candidates for the items featured in today’s round up of presents for tea & coffee lovers.
- Le Creuset rainbow espresso mugs – set of 6: Divertimenti
- Luxury tea bauble | gingerbread chai flavour by Bluebird Tea Co.: Notonthehighstreet
- Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Knock Box Mini: Amazon
- Refillable & reusable silicone tea bag: Lakeland
- 10 goldfish tea bags Earl Grey & herbal tea: Etsy
- Joco glass reusable coffee cup: Trouva
We love to punctuate the day with a few cups of strong tea. The 4 o’clock sit down with tea & biscuits or slice of cake is a particular pleasure. It’s the time to take a moment – rest the feet if we’ve been on them, reflect on the day, think about what’s next – an enjoy the hot cuppa of course.
Our daily brew is usually supplied by Taylor’s loose leaf Yorkshire tea which we like and is readily available in any supermarket. We haven’t sampled the Whittard Robert Fortune as yet, but it sounds good. We were actually given a present of some Fortnum & Mason Queen Anne blend a while ago – it was delicious and immediately became a favourite.
Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire leaf tea – £2.10 (250g)
“A proper brew. Pure and simple. To give our blend its refreshing flavour, strength and colour we use top quality Assam and African teas.”
Queen Anne tea – £9.95 (250g)
“Created in 1907, our bicentenary year, this popular blend commemorates the reigning sovereign in the year that Fortnum & Mason first began. The smooth blend of carefully selected TGFOP Assam and Ceylon FBOP teas produces a strong, smooth tea that is refreshing at any time of day.”
Robert Fortune Blend – £8.00 (100g)
“Something of a hero in the world of tea, Robert Fortune was the James Bond of the British tea trade… We’ve tracked Fortune’s travels with a blend of teas from India and China, adding a delicate touch of high-grown Himalayan tea and an elegant homage of white Camellia tea flowers. You’ll find the rich, fruity notes of Chinese Yunnan tea is a superb match for the varieties first cultivated by the British in northern India – all in all, it’s a tea which tells a story, and a rather delicious one at that.”
How do you take yours? Our every day cuppa is loose leaf Yorkshire Tea; strong, in a nice mug, with just a dash of milk and no sugar. Whatever your preference – from builders’ tea in the allotment shed to Darjeeling at the Savoy, you’ll find lots of items to enhance the experience in this week’s Etsy list.
My Cup of Tea!
Curated by H is for Home
We’ve been doing our thrice daily dog walks in some pretty atrocious weather of late. The kettle goes on straight away when we walk through the door! A choice of nice mugs can only enhance that reviving hot brew.
Here are a few lovely examples that caught our eye in a quick trawl of the web’s offerings.
- Periodic table of elements ceramic mug: £9.95, Amazon
- Orla Kiely bird mug: £9, John Lewis
- Apple mug, large: £16, Scandinavian Design Center
- Hold Tight bone china mug – mustard: £8, Mini Moderns
- Fishs Eddy Painted Bunting bird mug: £13.95, Liberty