String Quartet MAKK will be playing at #GBTeaFestival

    MAKK string quartet will be playing at The Great British Tea Festival within our Pop-up tearoom. MAKK is based in Birmingham and performs all over the UK. All players have been professionally trained at conservatoires and have several years of performance experience. The musicians are versatile and can perform a range of styles from classical to pop.


    Perfect Iced Tea Recipe

    Ingredients 6-8 tea bags 4 cups hot water 1 quart cold water ½ cup sugar or ¼ cup honey, optional Directions Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Drop in the tea bags in and steep for only 10-12 minutes, otherwise it will be too strong and tannic tasting. After steeping, take out the bags, squeeze gently and discard them. (Unless, of course, you were brought up in a house like mine, where tea bags are re-used three times. Probably why I became a chef.) Sweeten if you like now — you may also use Stevia, agave, or Truvia for sweetener if you prefer. Place the hot tea in a…


    Nothing But Tea

    Nothing But Tea is an independant family run business in Bedford, where we pack tea, ship orders, have a custom tasting room and now a showroom. There are two things which drive what Nothing But Tea do. The first is Tea. Tea should be loose leaf, it should be well made, of good quality, taste great, be well kept, and well brewed. The second is customers. Nothing But Tea strive to provide excellent service. If you are looking for a particular tea, have an idea for a gift, want something special visit Nothing But Tea. For more information about Nothing But Tea, click here!


    Queen of Camellias

    Queen of Camellias is passionate about all things tea, herbs and the planet, therefore they aim to sell and promote top quality organic produce where possible. Queen of Camellias keep packaging to a minimum and use recyled and recyclable packaging to help cut down on waste. Queen of Camellias was created and is run by Arlene Burnett. You can find Arlene out with the Queen of Camellias stall Friday to Sunday throughout the year at Vegan, Wellbeing and Food Fayres across the UK as well as regular Farmers Markets within the Midlands area where she is happy to help you find the right teas and herbs for your needs as…


    Earl Grey Martini

    Gin and Earl Grey tea combine to make the most sophisticated cocktail in town. Ingredients 50ml/2fl oz gin 35ml/1½fl oz strong cold Earl Grey tea 20ml/¾fl oz lemon juice 12.5ml/½fl oz sugar syrup ½ free-range egg white twist lemon peel, to garnish Method Place the gin, Earl Grey tea, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain the liquid into a Martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.


    The real reason we put milk in tea

    Any self-respecting tea fan knows exactly how much milk it takes to make the perfect cup of tea. But, what if we told you that the milk in your English Breakfast brew has nothing to do with taste? Apparently, the quintessentially British love of milky tea dates all the way back to the 18th century, when tea was always brewed in a pot. People also tended to drink it out of china cups, adding milk before pouring the boiling hot tea. The real reason they added milk first? To keep those cups from cracking because of heat… This is according to Taylors of Harrogate tea buyer Simon Hill, who revealed…


    Jane Pettigrew

    Jane Pettigrew is a tea specialist, historian, writer and consultant. Since 1983, she has been working in the UK and around the world to explain and share the fascinating world of tea. She has written 15 books on the many and varied aspects of tea, its production, history and culture, and she writes for tea related magazines and journals. She also gives regular tea masterclasses and tea tastings, speaks on radio and TV and acts as consultant to tea companies, new tea businesses, table ware and tea ware companies. For more information about the UK Tea Academy, click here.     Books by Jane Pettigrew   THE NEW TEA COMPANION…


    The Benefits of Green Tea!

    All types of tea, even your regular cup of builder’s, come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea gets its name from the emerald green colour created when brewing unprocessed, unfermented tea leaves. With origins going back as far as 5,000 years, green tea is commonly drunk and widely grown in the Far East where the health properties are well regarded. Different varieties of green tea The difference between green and black tea results from the manufacturing process. Black tea undergoes fermentation which transforms its colour and flavour, whereas green tea remains unprocessed and retains its colour. Green tea is grown in higher altitudes, more specifically the mountainous regions of East Asia. Some…


    Suffering from writer’s block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say.

    A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study – within minutes of drinking a brew. Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found. The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer’s block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions. Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly. Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a ‘positive’ mood which in turn sparks the brain’s cognitive regions into…


    50 Shades of TEA!

    How to make the perfect cup of tea is a controversial topic – and a new picture guide is bound to stir up debate as it reveals all the different ways people prefer their brew. The image – a ‘Pantone colour-inspired’ guide – displays 50 different shades of tea ranging from ultra-milky to dark and strong, inviting tea drinkers to pick the one that looks most like the cup they would choose. It comes as a study reveals that a third prefer a strong, dark cup of tea, while just one in four prefer theirs white and milky. With 1 being the milkiest and 50 being the strongest and darkest,…

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