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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Not your cup of tea? Just for fun

When we go and buy our packets of tea bags or loose tea we often make a choice based on our lifestyle or habits or change of heart about a particular product or maybe a marketing trick persuades to buy something different. Just for fun, I would be interested to hear your views on what forms those tea buying decisions.

Would you try or do you like herbal teas?

Do you to buy Fairtrade or similar?

Have you bought a packet just for the free chimp? I have!

Do you like Green tea or White tea?

Whatever you like, enjoy your cuppa.


French Fancy said...

I have in a dusty corner of one of my cupboards the various boxes of herbal teas that I have bought, tried a few times and slung into the recessed bit that I can't quite get to (but is useful for chucking stuff into).

I stick to Tetleys or Typhoo and buy them in bulk every few months from one of those overpriced online expat shops. French tea is disgusting.

Gail's Man said...

I only really drink herbal tea, although have started on the old Earl Gray again. I fancy a bit of the hard stuff now and again!

No milk at all, just a big spoonful of honey.

Athina said...

Filipinos are really coffee drinkers and the only times I remember tea being used in our home were the times when my father was having problems with his stomach. He would arrive home from work with stomach pain and will ask mum for a cup of tea. I remember it was the Chinese tea in a gauze tea bag with red paper tag. It became a practice in our home to drink mild, plain herbal tea when one has a stomach ache.

Our farmers drink ginger tea before going to the field at four o'clock in the morning. Sometimes the ginger tea is mixed with boiled sweet potato cubes.

During rice harvest time womenfolk make rice cakes served with tea made from avocado leaves and scented with anise seeds.

Today it's easier to go to the supermarket to buy designer teas like Earl Grey and Twinings. :)

hectoria said...

Have passed through my blackcurrant tea phase;like green tea;am currently drinking both decaff teabags & loose Breakfast tea (which I prefer but hate having to empty the teapot). And Yes I love Monkey too & bought the special pack (the tea was OK). Says a lot about my character (Libra liberal) that I cannot make my mind up as to preferences. Love the blog Phil.

Ex-Coventry Blogger said...

Fair Trade square teabags so the corner pokes out of the tea for removal and squeezing. Proper builder's tea but without the four sugars.
Also like green tea, and some herb teas, occasionally. Too many herb teas rely on rosehips.

French Fancy said...

I was thinking about you sitting in all these cafes drinking tea and eating cake and I was imagining a foreigner asking someone what you were doing - 'oh that's just Phil, he's blogging' and then the foreigner would think that blogging was having tea and cake in cafes and get really confused when hearing about bloggers everywhere

(I'll get me coat)

Phil Lowe said...

Again, I'm loving the variety of comments from folks in Europe and even as far as the Philippines. Terrific.

French Fancy you're as daft as me!

After me 'English blog as a foreign language' students:

I blog
You blog
We blog
She blogs
He blogs
They blog

Example: he drinks a cup of blog and loves to eat blog. They meet in a cafe for blogging. lol

French Fancy said...

Oy! blog off!

StGeorgeOfEngland said...

Personally I love to start my day with a cup of PG. brewed for 5 mins and a level teaspoon of sugar and a dash of milk.
I just had to take my PG bags 4000 miles as America does not sell them.
My girlfriend drinks Twinings flavoured teas, vanilla, orange spice etc and also a white tea. I didn't try the white tea but it sure smelled good.
Sainsburys do a rather nice rosehip and hibiscus tea which I enjoy hot, or allowed to cool and refridgerated for a summer beverage.
I am rather set in my ways. I do not vary much.

On the subject of usage of the word 'blog', if a person writes a bad blog is this known as a load of bollogs?

Phil Lowe said...

or could a bad blog be a neggiblog? No, too surreal Philip - too surreal. lol

Really, do they not sell PG Tips in the USA?

I saw white tea on sale in my local co-op when I snuck in and took the pictures to illustrate this blog. Hadn't heard of that. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

StGeorgeOfEngland said...

I guess they sell PG somewhere in America but I was in the smalltown midwest of Minnesota where not a lot happens. Just why I love the place so much.
Over the Mississippi from where my girl lives there is a specialist shop selling UK goods, alas not PG. You can get an 8 finger pack of Walkers shortbreads for $4 and even a wedge of proper, imported Blue Stilton for $6. Yikes!
Still, when I am over there it's certainly worth it for the old tastes of home now and again.
Keep up the good work here Phil. It's blogtastic! (Thinks of more stupid usage of the word 'blog').

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