NATIONAL TEA DAY ON FRIDAY 21ST APRIL 2023
Fancy 'elevenses', a free cup of tea is available to everyone, between 11am-12pm on the day, at each of the Bird & Blend Tea Co. stores across the UK.
Head in store to choose from over 100 tea blends all showcased on the tea wall, there is a flavour for everyone, including Chocolate Digestives, Blue Raspberry, Whisktea, Birthday Cake, Peppermint Cream, Cherry Bakewell, Jasmine Poached Pears, Tea & Toast, Honeycomb Cookie D’oh, Cherry Cola Bottles, Earl Grey Crème and Great British Cuppa!
Stores offering elevenses:
Brighton North Laine, Brighton Beach, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, London Angel, London Borough, London Portobello, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford & Worthing.
Every day is tea day at Bird & Blend Tea Co. but Friday 21st is a nationwide British celebration of just what tea has to offer.
Whilst in store, those grabbing their free cup of ‘elevenses’ can also ask the Bird & Blend Tea Co. experts about the history of tea, how to brew the perfect cuppa and taste other flavours, celebrating everything tea!
For anyone that can’t make it into the store, they can still brew a perfect cuppa at home to celebrate, follow these simple steps from founder Krisi Smith, Co-Founder & award-winning, Chief Tea Mixologist at Bird & Blend Tea Co.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA IN 6 EASY STEPS
Tea, a beverage typically prepared by steeping the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant in water, is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Tea has a long, rich history around the world, with the earliest known mention of tea dating back thousands of years to the Zhejiang province in China. Today, it is considered a vital part of the everyday, with the UK consuming nearly 36 billion cups per year!
Whether you’re a milk first or last, a tea bag squeezer, a scoop-er or a loose leaf tea connoisseur - we’ve written the ultimate guide for making sure you get that perfect cup of tea every time.
1. SELECT A TEA THAT SUITS THE MOOD OR MOMENT
In need of a pick-me-up? A classic black tea could be the energising boost you need, not to mention a hug in a mug. Struggling to find a moment of calm amongst the chaos? Try a cup of calming chamomile tea, it could help you sink into that restful night's sleep you’ve been dreaming of. Want something refreshing without caffeine? Grab a rooibos or fruit infusion.
2. CHOOSE A HIGH QUALITY TEA
By choosing a tea that you know doesn’t compromise the planet or the people who grow it, it tastes better, because you know each mug is helping the world - one sip at a time! When using whole tea leaves and not tea dust, your cuppa will taste better & also give you all the proper benefits from the tea. It means that the leaves can unfurl in the water and infuse their flavour more fully.
3. CHOOSE YOUR TEA CUP OR MUG
At a molecular level, the type of cup or teapot – be that porcelain, china or clay – or the size of your mug will change the taste and experience of your tea. Some larger mugs allow more space for the tea to brew and therefore oxygen to further the flavour and aroma development. Whether your favourite mug is a bone china heirloom, a gift with the words ‘Best Mum’ or the humble tea-stained mug in everybody’s cupboard…the cup you choose is an essential part of making the perfect cup of tea.
4. USE FRESHLY DRAWN, COLD WATER EACH TIME
Gone are the days of flat reboiled cuppas! If you want that perfect brew, you need to get out of the habit of reboiling your water. Instead, use a mug to measure out exactly the amount of water you’ll need (saves the planet & your pennies), and boil the kettle with freshly drawn, cold water. If you do this you’ll have a great tasting oxygenated tea, which can lower your bills with each cup!
5. STICK TO THE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS
Our top tip is to always read the label, the instructions are written by the experts. Green teas like a slightly cooler brewing temperature of 80 degrees, whilst your classic breakfast black tea can withstand boiling (100 degrees) water. Often the brewing instructions will include whether or not the blend is best enjoyed with milk.
6. SIT BACK, SIP & RELAX!
You’ve now made the perfect cuppa - sure to improve any situation, mood or problem, it’s guaranteed.
Find the full guide here: www.birdandblendtea.com/blogs