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Old 22-07-2013, 06:34   #1
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'Looking at a Westerly Centaur today and authentic Britisher Pete7 kindly gave me a heads up about making sure there is a proper China tea pot aboard. As I recall, Pete7 is one of many resourceful cruisers who uses plastic dog bowls, as I do, for dishes so he knows what he is about China-wise. If the Centaur is pot-less, Ebay has thousands of rare and vintage real one-of-a-kind China tea pots for cheap.

Now about the tea: You guys and gals are all so fussy about yer foods, and especially condiments, so I seek advice. Is this stuff OK?


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Is what stuff OK?
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This is how we colonialists do it:

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HELL no. I don't teabag nothin'.

Wagh Bakri (or Deep brand, whichever is available) Mamri tea, masala, sugar, and half-and-half, thank you very much. In an old ugly-assed Brown Betty teapot. With the tackiest possible teacozy to cover the ugly Brown Betty.

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Old 22-07-2013, 07:32   #5
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Tami - go easy on bluecrab. You have to start somewhere. Teabags will do to get started. Yours it top-drawer......let him work up to it. Besides, you're on a catamaran, right? Things stay more level.......

Great pic, btw. Love the cozies. Might have to start making my own.
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This is how we colonialists do it:

Sir Thomas Lipton, a Scot, was an avid sailor who challenged for the Americas Cup five times, never successfully.

Using teabags manufactured by the company he founded honors his memory.
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"flo-thru"....pleezeeee argh.

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Re: Tea for Two

We use lose leaf teas in an alloy/teflon pot. We may cover with a folded cloth but this is an overkill in warm climes. Bagged teas are our last choice.

Best teas for the buck available in France (Lider Price, Shailank (plain or Earl Grey)). Elsewhere one must shop in ethnic shops and experiment.

I like criminal teas - strong, with intense taste and smell.

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HELL no. I don't teabag nothin'.

Wagh Bakri (or Deep brand, whichever is available) Mamri tea, masala, sugar, and half-and-half, thank you very much. In an old ugly-assed Brown Betty teapot. With the tackiest possible teacozy to cover the ugly Brown Betty.

Brown Betty:


Tacky teacozy:
remember to scald the pot first before putting in tea and boiling water

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I once heard that some teabags are made from the stuff swept up off the floor in tea leaf processing places. It put me off for life .
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These are a Seaworthy Lassie's tea making and drinking paraphernalia and stocks of tea.

Yep, the cup is HUGE and the words on the inside of the rim are 'TO A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON' .
It is just the best way to start the day .

Tami, I love your tea cosies. One of those would do nicely on board in the winter months!
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Tea cups should not be oversized or have to big a diameter , causes the tea to cool too quickly

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Re: Tea for Two

Hello Blue Crab. I like Lipton teabags -- they are tasty, rich, full-bodied (I'm not one for those wimpy good-for-your-health things without flavor, nor those that taste like grass!)
Best of all, in packages of 100 cost just better than $3. That's affordable.

Yes, I do have the fancier teabags flavors (Constant Comment and Earl Grey are particular favorites, but not for everyday -- and even when money was no object, I still tended to go with Lipton versus the higher cost alternatives) . My Darjeelin is loose-leaf and I do like the flavor -- it's a special treat. Still clean-up is more intensive (takes more water) so Darj isn't for every day. Besides, Lipton is fine and Darj is for those times when I want a treat or to share one with a visitor.

Advice though? Don't go cheaper than Lipton (there are a lot of other teabags out there that cost less -- $1 for 100 bags -- but frankly they don't taste much like tea. Not to me anyway.
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I use dragon green tea from China for special times and lipton most of the time. I know the Brits are very fussy about how to make a proper cup of tea. So, how do you make a proper cup of tea? I have what you call a brown Betty which is white, so we can start from there. And what do you put in the tea and in what order? I don't put any thing in my tea so is that wrong in order to have a proper cup of tea?

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For 110v living, this Cuisinart has a handy Oolong button.

"For tea to reach its full flavor it should be steeped at just the right temperature. Cuisinart PerfectTemp

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CPK-.../dp/B003KYSLNQ

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