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    Anyone For Tea : 358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

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    Anyone For Tea : 358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Sep 23 2016, 17:18

    If someone offers me a hot beverage, my first go to choice is always tea - and today in the UK it is the 358th anniversary of tea.
    Google has even produced a special 'google doodle'

    "Tea drinking is a thoroughly British pastime, whether it’s a mug of steaming builder’s tea or a delicate cup and saucer served with cucumber sandwiches. It’s not known when the first cuppa was enjoyed in the UK, but we do know that the first advert for tea in England appeared on this date in a publication from 1658 describing it simply as a “China Drink.” A couple of years later, English Naval Administrator Samuel Pepys wrote about drinking tea in his diary entry from 1660.

    Chinese tea was reportedly drunk by Europeans as early as the 16th century, a trend spearheaded by Dutch and Portuguese traders. British coffee shops were selling tea in the 17th century, though drinking it was considered an expensive, upper-class privilege. By the 19th century, The East India Company was using fast ships called tea clippers to transport leaves from India and China to England’s docks. The Cutty Sark is the only surviving clipper of its kind and can still be visited in Greenwich.

    As tea became more readily available, dedicated tea shops began popping up throughout Britain, becoming favorite spots for daytime socialising. Tea was well on its way to becoming a British tradition.

    As today’s animated Doodle illustrates, tea cups come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Whatever your favorite vessel may be, we hope you enjoy a cuppa or two of this enduring drink today. "


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    Re: Anyone For Tea : 358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

    Post by Jan1 on Sat Sep 24 2016, 12:15

    Well it's now the 358th and one day anniversary,  and as usual my day started with a lovely cup of tea ...

    Thinking back when growing up it was always made in a teapot, using loose tea and my dear mum had a lovely tea cosy to keep the pot warm - did you use to use those? Perhaps you still do!

    Nowadays, so often it's a tea bag in a cup or mug ... tea making standards - have they slipped I wonder?

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    Re: Anyone For Tea : 358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Sep 25 2016, 12:37

    A guide to making the perfect cup


    and a cup of tea can go so well with a slice of low carb Coffee and Walnut Cake


    see recipe here http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/a-perfect-cup-of-tea-and-slice-of-low.html

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    Re: Anyone For Tea : 358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

    Post by chris c on Sun Sep 25 2016, 22:32

    Oh yes we always had a teapot with a tea cosy. As Billy Connolly once said, no man left alone in a room with a tea cosy can resist putting it on his head.

    I switched to coffee long ago.

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