Poor Arthur Dent. Whisked through space by a semi-alcoholic alien travel writer when his home planet is destroyed and totally unable to get a decent cup of tea. I may not be able to sympathise with the first part but I certainly can with the latter.The Nutrimatic drinks dispenser on board the Heart of Gold tries it’s best, but only ever managed to produce a drink “almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea” (the phrase ‘not entirely unlike’ becoming a catchphrase in itself). I’m of the firm opinion that the drinks machine in my office building has been produced by the same firm. Varying wildly in colour from day to day it’s a constant adventure to see whether what you’ve got is actually drinkable. On top of that I spend a fair amount of time working in France where getting some tea is an equally traumatic task. So, Arthur Dent, I and countless other office workers around the country salute you and your valiant efforts to uphold the fine British tradition of tea, even in space. I may not be hitchiking the galaxy, but I know where you’re coming from.
(I have chosen the picture based on my favorite Arthur. Sorry Martin Freeman, but you are not him. You are a good John Watson though)
Etsy is brilliant. You can find pretty much anything you want on there and it’s all made and sold be independent artists & crafters from around the world. The only problem is that it’s easy to get sucked into an idle browsing black hole, which is what happened to me this weekend. However, it’s not all wasted time because in my hunting I managed to create a list of some of the nicest things to drink tea from on the site.
This mug has a bear on it, dancing the La Bamba. I don’t even know what else you want, or expect, from a mug. $25 from corduroy.
I’ve had my eye on this Pride & Prejudiced themed mug for a while now. I’m a bit of a Jane Austen fan, see, and what could be more English than a cup of tea from a mug featuring one of the classic lines in English literature? $16 from Brookish
We all know mustaches are hip right now. Tom had one for a while so he probably started the trend. Anyway, cash in on it with this mustache mug, $14 from DailyGrinder
What to do with the teabag once I’ve brewed my tea for the required amount of time is always a tricky subject for me. I brew herbal teas for longer than my standard Yorkshire fare and so have a tendency to wander around with the bag in mug. Not having anywhere to put it has lead to a) overbrewing and b) wet teabags on my desk before now but as if by magic, this amazing mug with teaba pocket is here to solve all my problems. The real question is why somebody didn’t think of this sooner. $25 from AngelaIngram
I generally don’t like to do anything if there isn’t an app I can use for it. I’m technology obsessed, but I’m ok with it. I promise. The natural thing then is for me to post about tea related apps currently on the market..
Up first is Wheel of Tea which would be pretty useful in my office. Promising to end the age old dilema of ‘Whose turn is it to make the tea?’, you add in the people on your tea round and then shake the phone to randomly select someone. No shying off from your turn now!
Simply called Tea, this next app promises to be the ultimate app for tea drinkers. You can time your brewing, create tasting notes, build an inventory of your tea and get suggestions. One for the true tea obsessive, if Tom had an iPhone he’d already have this.
My Tea Timer allows you to save your favorite brewing times (you can’t use the same one for every type of tea but you knew that, right?) for your perfect cup of tea. Simple to use, this is a very handy little app to have if you’re as picky about your tastes as I am.
Sadly, this seems to be about it in the way of tea based apps. Everything else is a variant of one of the above. Disappointing – please let us know in the comment box if you have any others to share!
As you’ve probably noticed from Ellie’s introduction post, Tom and I are in the process of re-launching this homage to all things tea with lots of exciting new contributors. They’ll all be introducing themselves over the next few weeks so keep an eye out, and if you’d like to be involved too drop us a line!
The problem I have with my many, many tea sets & odd teacups is that nobody really sees them. I don’t have many tea parties (sad, I know) and so they sit, in various places around the house or even (horror of horrors) in the cupboard, dusty and alone. Etsy seller StayGoldMaryRose solves that problem with these beautiful & unusual china teacup bracelets. You can either purchase a ready made bracelet or send in a favorite teacup, which I think is a lovely idea.
Do you make tea themed lovely things? Get in touch!
Miss B x
I’ve seen the plain white versions of these ‘eco cups’ in gift shops around the country and had to admit they were a pretty great idea for anyone who is addicted to their take away coffee but hates the constant waste of plastic cups. I was never really tempted with one for myself though; that is, until now. The above are billed as the ‘tea lovers’ versions and I love them. I also love that tea lovers are associated with twee, chintz and pretty patterns. They’re around £10 and you can get them from here along with any other quality gift retailer! (probably)
How amazing is this? I found it via Swiss Miss which is an amazing site for finding examples of all kinds of gorgeous design. You’d obviously have to use with a clear mug because otherwise, quite frankly, what would be the point?
On a side note, what’s your preferred method of brewing loose leaf tea? Do you pop it in a pot and use a tea strainer, stick with the standard metal ball, use those dinky little fill-em-yourself teabags or is loose leaf just too much bother? I favour the Alessi tea tube that my boyfriend bought me back from Italy a few years ago (and I can find no mention of on the web, anywhere, bar that photo. Hmm). So how about you?