In 1920, T.S. Eliot mused in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”. Now, in this day and age, German tea brand Hälssen & Lyon’s tea calendar lets you tear off dates made from 1mm-thin slabs of compressed tea — and brew ‘em. This means you [...]
This is the cutest tea packaging I’ve ever seen. These little characters are designed by WDARU to fit in a normal sized tea cup to hold your tea bag in place. Let these friends take a relaxing bath while you enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. There’s a school bus version, a business man set, and even [...]
In the recent BBC documentary Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup Of Tea, Morrissey had an opinion about everything tea-related (‘Nobody ever says, I’ll make you a horrible cup of tea’) or not (‘The reason why Hitler didn’t get us was because of tea and nothing else’). It’s all perfectly mundane and completely fascinating at the same [...]
If you’re feeling a little down on the world and tea is your pick me up, your life is about to get a whole lot better. The aptly named Cynical Tea Bags are a line of humorously packaged tea for all types of occasions. You can now Erase Your Past, Get Along With Your Co-Workers, [...]
Zandra Rhodes (aka the fashion designer with the trademark shocking pink bob) has teamed up with pastry chef, Bruce Marais, to design The Mandeville, a hotel hangout for afternoon tea. Even better, the afternoon tea includes ZR cups: chocolate fashioned into little cups filled with bright purple whipped coffee cream. Yum!
This month sees the relaunch of Crabtree & Evelyn’s fine food range under a new packaging design by Smith and Milton. In response to a challenging brief to inject life and character back into the brand, Smith and Milton delved deep into the Crabtree & Evelyn archives and found generations of beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, reworking them into an opulent wrapping to deliver stunning results.
As tea geek, I could go on and on about the purity of the flavor found in Ineeka teas, and describe nuances in a vocabulary usually reserved for wine cellars. However, I am just going to tell you that it is good. Real good! Ineeka is the only tea company in North America that grows its own tea and they use a bio-dynamic growing system to do so (think fair trade and organic growing, but super sized).
Chinese legend has it that the most delicious wild tea leaves grow on steep hillsides, inaccessible to humans. So why not train monkeys to go get the tea for you? In one remote mountain village region of China, this incredible tradition continues, where monkeys are specially trained to climb and collect the tea on the mountain face. The result?