Monday, 4 December 2017

Anyone For A Cuppa ?

We purchased a loose tea strainer the other day or perhaps you could call it a steeper - strainer. It is very efficient, easy to use and clean and cost very little.



I do not drink black tea and on the advice of my doctor I have recently stopped drinking coffee because it was raising my BP. My preferences now are for organic infusions and mainly Rooibos or Green tea (thank you Rachel)





Our new strainer is made by a German company Finum who call it a brewing basket. They also make a lot of other interesting applicators.


See for yourselves at http://www.finum.com

I think my fresh brew is now ready
to enjoy, so bye bye for now Heron.


19 comments:

  1. I do think, whatever tea you drink, loose tea properly brewed tastes so much better than tea bags.

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    1. I completely agree with you Pat for the bagged variety is a very poor and nasty substitute.

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  2. I have just received a photo from one of my attractive cousins waving a cup at me and saying "Cheers", it looked empty and I was almost convinced however, Annie dear you forgot to hide the Stout bottle from out of camera sight !

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    1. Annie has put me right:
      Oh dear Mel,..your eyes are failing. No stout at Laura Ashley tea room. When you can behave they may let you in. Enjoy your brew. x

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    2. Annie dear, I doubt that I shall ever conform am to busy being wicked and enjoying myself.
      So sweet dreams to you xx

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  3. I was just wondering how I discovered the benefits of green tea and I think it was when researching how to lower cholesterol. I was juar thinking why have a brewing basket, what's wrong with a tea pot, but then I thought I suppose the brewing basket will fit into a teapot? Thank you for the acknowledgement in the post.

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    1. Thank you Rachel.
      Yes, the brewing basket will fit nicely into a teapot or even a mug, it also allows the tea leaves to swell up so that you can receive a quality infusion and just turn it up side down to throw the contents out, wash and reuse. Am very taken with it.

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  4. I used to use tea balls, infusers, etc with loose tea. But they're so messy to clean and I'm lazy, so now all I use is tea bags. No muss, no fuss.

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    1. Hello Debra ! I too used the tea balls and the perforated spoons agree on their messiness. This one though is so much easier and better to use for the dregs just shake out real easy.
      Thank you for the comment.

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  5. JACK L said:
    Nice post...and time for a cup of tea...Angela and I drink only loose tea ( black)..the malty rich flavour of Irish breakfast has been our favourite for years ! Whenever we visited Angela's family..the tea pot came out for everything, from a death in the family..to celebrations at Christmas..!
    I'm sure the Irish drink a lot of tea..? I've never drank coffee...the few times I've tried it was enough to know it wasn't for me.

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    1. Thanks Jack and to your question: many of the Irish believe that they drink a lot of tea however, from my experience then so do the English and there is not an appreciable difference between either.

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  6. Ah, a fellow Rooibos drinker. That's my favourite, Mel and I've just finished a cup, but I must try Green tea too. I like your brewing basket. Do you find it easy to buy loose Rooibos where you are, Mel?

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    1. Hello Val :-)
      Yes, there is plenty of loose Rooibos available over here it is our favourite and sometimes we add the left overs of a brew to a veggie stew too and that makes for a richer flavour.
      The brewing basket is a very good design and when the lid is off and turned upside can also receive the used basket. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. Hi Mel - I drink rooibos occasionally reminds me of South African days ... a good cuppa cannot be beaten - whichever is your choise of brew - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary Redbush is a very popular tea in Zimbabwe, Botswana and would you believe that I first tasted it in Glastonbury, Somerset in the 1970's :-)

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  8. I do like those straining baskets for making tea. I used one for a while ... when I still cooked.

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    1. Thank you Mitchell, strangely I have never equated making beverages with cooking !

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  9. We always drink loose tea (tea that can't behave itself;), and I have to order from Twinings in Ireland strangely enough. I often imagine it coming over on the plane, always arrives fairly quickly.

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    1. Hello Thelma. Am not surprised that your tea order arrives very fast because Twinings is owned by Associated British Foods and therefore Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea is a British product.
      Thank you for the comment.

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