Today marks our favourite day of the year, National Tea Day. Yes that’s right, a whole day has been dedicated to this delightful beverage and rightly so.
To celebrate Britain’s favourite morning – and afternoon ritual we have found 10 interesting facts about the wonder that is tea.
- Tea breaks are a tradition that have been with us for approximately 200 years
- It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea
- There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea
- Over 3 million tons of tea is produced every year worldwide
- The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year
- Black tea is called “red tea” in China
- The art of foretelling the future by ‘reading the tea leaves’ is known as ‘tassology’
- 98% of people take milk with tea
- Until the 1800’s, solid blocks of tea were used as currency in Siberia
- Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water
Cosy takes tea very seriously and have spent many years developing a range to suit every tea loving taste. From the classic Fairtrade Organic Black Breakfast Tea made with a blend of Assam & Nilgiri teas, to the more unusual tastes of Organic Rooibos made from ‘Redbush’ tea from South Africa with a hint of Vanilla, Cosy really does have it all.
So whether you are enjoying yours with a cheeky slice of cake or simply on its own in your favourite mug, make sure you take some time out on National Tea Day to enjoy a lovely Cosy cuppa!
At Cosy HQ we don’t often feel like there is anything missing from our range of teas and infusions. We’re proud of our collection and think that it has everything you need to offer a quintessentially British tea experience. All our teas are organic and the black teas are Fairtrade as well. We have all the staples, some delicious green teas and even some innovations like our brilliant Blueberry (which is berry nice indeed). In fact we haven’t introduced a tea since we had Decaf added to the family back in 2011.
We are also of the school of thought that you never say never. So we hope you are ready for Cosy Organic Matcha. Matcha has risen in popularity over the past year, partly owing to it’s fantastic green appearance and its health benefits.
The teas in their new home
We recently got a request from Paola who asked for some samples of our teas. We asked why because we’re nosy like that and were surprised by the response. It turns out that Paola is a tea collector! She collects the little wrappers that the tea bags come in and her collection is huge. We asked her to tell us a bit more about her hobby, and sent her some Cosy Tea to add to her collection. Here’s what Paola had to say: Continue reading
Summer seems to have come to an abrupt end here. The mornings have a distinct chill, the evenings are drawing in and Halloween goodies are popping up all round us! We love all things Halloween and have collected some of the most ghoulish and scary* knits to share with you. There’s enough time to get these projects finished before the big day, so fire up your kettle and get a brew on, you’ve got work to do.
Start simple is always excellent advice to follow, and we have with this Halloween wreath! It’s a great way to let Trick or Treaters know they’re welcome and a fun project to get you back into the swing of things if your knitting and crochet needles have been collecting dust over the summer. Continue reading
We spent the summer gathering different tea traditions from around the globe and sharing them with you on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They ranged from the familiar, like Afternoon Tea in the UK, to the more outlandish, like Yak butter and salt tea, but they were all still our favourite beverage…TEA!
We thought that maybe it’s high time they were all in one place so you can see different tea drinking habits and maybe inspired you to share your own.
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So we may have day dreamed of warmer times and large glasses of iced tea beading with condesation in the sun, but summer is no time to give up on a warm cuppa. And even on the warmest of days, you don’t want your pot to go cold before you’ve finished! We’ve found some exciting summer tea cosy projects to keep your tea warm and your kitchen table seasonal.
How about a Beehive Tea Cosy? We think this would be delightful to keep your Chamomile temperate. If you like to add a spoonful of honey then why not have your very own beehive as well? You can find the pattern for free here.
If a beehive isn’t quite tropical enough, then we suggest turning your hand to a pineapple tea cosy. Lemon Green Tea would be the perfect friend to this equatorial warmer and just the right tipple to plough through this pattern.
Yellow isn’t everyone’s colour so you could mix it up with a splash of ALL THE COLOURS. This ripple pattern is crying out for you to combine all the clashing combos until your eyes give up the goat. Maybe sip on the Decaf whilst knitting though, you’re eyes could want a bit of rest at any moment.
Just think, by the time you’ve finished these it will be time to start digging out your trusty old scarf and glove patterns. Brrrrrrr…
While it’s been well documented that a nice, hot cup of tea can cool you more effectively than a cold drink, sometimes you just need something cold. We’ve all brewed up a Peppermint Tea, knowing that once forgotten and tepid it will still taste delicious, admit it! But how often do you brew up a batch of iced tea? It’s a great way to enjoy all the Cosy Tea flavours you love, even on the hottest of days. Once more you can have it on the go without the carting around a giant Thermos!
We found this great base recipe on The Food Network to make a simple Iced Tea. Once you mastered it, which will take one shot, you can then start adding all sorts to create an abundance of iced teas.
Simple Iced Tea Recipe
- Bring 8 cups water to a simmer; remove from the heat and add 6 Cosy Tea bags.
- Let steep about 4 minutes, until it’s the strength you like.
- Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags.
- Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher, cover and refrigerate.
It’s so simple that we can manage it in the hottest of heatwaves! You can add some sugar to sweeten when simmering the water or infuse a whole range of ingredients to give it that homemade touch. We’ve had a think of some flavour combinations so you don’t have to…
Peppermint & Apple Iced Tea – make as a peppermint iced tea, combine with apple juice once cooled and serve garnished with lime wedges.
Jasmine & Lime Iced Tea – just add fresh lime juice once the tea has finished steeping.
Rooibos, Lemon & Mint – combine a sliced lemon and plenty of mint whilst the tea is steeping.
Blueberry & Vanilla – for a softer, sweeter option add half a vanilla pod with the tea.
Here’s a few golden rules to follow as you begin to experiment more and make sure you share you ventures with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.