Tea Quotes

Here's just a selection of tea quotes I've found on my travels - there
will be more to come soon:

# A nice factual quote to start off with from Ralph

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

# An Englishmans tea

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. ~Alice Walker

# From the late, great Japanese author on tea

Tea...is a religion of the art of life. ~ Okakura Kakuzō

# Told you tea and sugar were meant to be

A man without a mustasche is like a cup of tea without sugar. -
English Proverb

# Similar to apples - but much better...

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. -
Chinese Proverb

# For the Star Trek fans

"Computer:

Tea,

Earl Gray,

Hot." - Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG (played by Patrick Stewart)

# Gladstone PM knew his stuff

"If you are cold, tea will warm you;

If you are too heated, it will cool you;

If you are depressed, it will cheer you;

If you are excited, it will calm you." - Gladstone (UK Primeminister
1865)

# Tea solves everything

"If he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility,
then it must logically be a finite improbability. So all I have to do
in order to make one is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed
that into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of
really hot tea...and turn it on!" - Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide
to the Galaxy)

# And a proud thing it is too.

"You have arrived at a propitious moment, coincident with your
country's one indisputable contribution to Western civilisation -
afternoon tea". - Hugo Drax (James Bond: Moonraker

# Immortality? Pah!

"I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of
tea." - Lu T'ung

# I want more tea

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to
the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James (The Portrait of a
Lady)

# Wise words indeed

"Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy,
doesn't try it on." - Billy Connolly

# Here here!!

"Make tea not war" - Monty Python

# Never a truer word spoken

Tea es todo y tea es la vida! [Tea is everything and tea is life!] -
Unknown

# The Japanese knew their tea

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and
beauty." - Japanese Proverb

# Don't forget to check back soon when I'll be adding some more.

Tea During Pregnancy What Everybody Ought To Know

With tea being a source of caffeine its often asked whether its safe to
drink tea in pregnancy.  Although the levels of caffeine in tea are much
lower than in coffee (half in some cases) the delicate balance required
for a babies safe development can all to easily be interrupted.  Never
one to shy away from answering a question I decided to do some homework
and here's the facts...

Although previously it was seen as preferable to cut caffeine entirely
this was only due to a lack of studies and so scientists erred on the
side of caution.  However, there's increasing evidence that moderate
caffeine intake is safe for your developing baby
.

Moderate caffeine intake is about 6 cups of black tea per day.

However, It's often difficult to get an accurate handle on how much
caffeine is in each cup of tea or coffee so the above may not be 100%.
If you want to be completely safe then there's a variety of other paths
to take...

Green tea contains much less caffeine than black tea and so you'll be
safe drinking more.  The average amounts of caffeine in various teas is:

  • US Tea (black): 40mg
  • Imported Tea (black): 60mg
  • Green Tea: 15mg

So unless you have a severe addiction to green tea and can go through 10
cups per sitting - you should be completely safe drinking green tea
during pregnancy.  In fact it could be beneficial to your baby with a
selection of powerful antioxidants.

# Alternatives

# Decaffeinate

When it comes to tea I'd recommend decaffeinating it yourself rather
than getting the decaffeinated variety as they [use powerful solvents to
'wash' the leaves][] of the caffeine and although no health risks have
been associated with this I think its safe to say that washing with
water is much better.

So to get caffeine out of your tea simply steep the tea in warm water
for 30 seconds before making your proper cup of tea with it.  Caffeine
'leeches' out quicker than the flavour so this is a good way to DIY
decaffeinate your tea during pregnancy.

# Herbal

You could also go down the herbal tea route.  Before dismisisng this
because none of the varieties are your beloved tea I'd give them a try
because I've often found a huge variety of nice fruity teas this way.
It opens whole new avenues for you.

# Bad Herbs

What you don't want to do is replace your tea during pregnancy with a
much worse herb or tonic.  So plants such as ephedra (ma huang), cohosh
and mugwort are best left on the shelf.  You should be fine with fruit
teas though.

Eyes and Old Men

If you've never heard of the terms: "Fish Eyes" and "Old Mans Water" then may I enlighten you to an ingenious way of determining the
temperature of your boiling water.

# Shrimp Eyes

This is in reference to the size of the bubbles in the
water.  If they're small - like that of a shrimps eye balls - then
you're at a temperature of 60-70C.

# Fish Eyes

Bigger bubbles like fish eyes are a sign of 75-85C.

# Old Mans Water

This is when the water has lost all its oxygen and
'rolls' in the kettle.  When you get this you've hit 100C.

For the vast majority of uses fish eyes is the best to brew with. 😃

# Number of Boils?

This is also related to the *number of boils" which contrary to the name has nothing to do with the number of boils the water has gone through. It actually has to do with how high the temperature of the water reached. So if you know of this method then a rough translation between these two ways of determing the best temperatures and what to expect from different temperatures of tea are:

  • First Boil: Pre-shrimp eyes
  • Second Boil: Shrimp eyes
  • Third Boil: Fish eyes
  • Fourth Boil: Old mans water - this is when its been over-boiled and its generally not recommended at this point.

Brand New Site

I thought it was about time I moved the site to its own home and off Blogger. I'll hopefully be able to start offering extra features and
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Thank you all for being so patient during this move. 😃

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