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!
A proper tea-set is beautiful, but as I am forgetful the porcelain is always too thin to keep the tea warm for long enough. I made this nifty flow-chart to aid my mug decision-making. If you wish you print it out and put it up in your office/home/local branch of whittards please take a snapshot for the blog.
How do you decide how to take your tea?
Favourite tea: The first cup of the day. English Breakfast, with milk, the radio and good company.
Favourite place to drink tea: Either outdoors, in my pyjamas or in the tiled cafe at the V and A.
Favourite mug: My grandmother had a mug that looked perfectly innocuous but which had a small china frog inside, attached to its base. You would be merrily sipping your tea and then about halfway down, the frog’s eyes would peek out at you. If anyone knows where to get another one like this I would be very grateful to find one. She only used it for special occasions, like when the police came round.
I can’t say I’m particularly fond of our bunch of royals, but the impending marriage of Prince William and the descendant of a coal miner (class system? ha!..) does give an excellent excuse to dust off your best china, splurge on some excellent tea and hang up some bunting in the street like its 1953 (or indeed 1935). Find a big trestle table, stick it in the middle of the road and brew for all your hearts desire.
I’d personally avoid the overwhelming and slightly ludicrous selection of specially blended royal teas, such as this from Twinnings:
or this from Clipper:
and instead keep your tongue firmly in your cheek with these from Donkey:
Some tea art here, in this photograph by Bianca Stewart.
Quite suitable for any tea-room, don’t you think?
Naive Tea have been wonderful enough to send some oolong teas over the Atlantic for us to taste here at Splash Of Milk. I’ve tasted a few and there’s excellent (proper tastings to come soon), but in the mean time, bask in the beauty of the packaging. Yum.