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A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
We’re all about the art of the roast – the delicate process of balancing the bean’s natural flavours, causing it to change in colour, taste...
Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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While browsing summer scrapbooks on Pinterest we discovered a wealth of beautiful, practical and inspiring examples of how to jazz up that summer drinks staple: the humble ice cube.
How on earth do you reinvent the ice cube? True, these beauties still serve the same chilly purpose but they’re a lot more enticing. Here are some of our favourites – your freezer will thank you.
Forget woolly mammoths. Edible flowers and herbs look beautiful suspended in ice, just add a petal or two to the water when you fill your cube tray. They’re great for decorating a cocktail in one of our clear Kilner glasses, or surrounding a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket. If you’re looking for a glitzy party piece, try sprinkling edible glitter onto partially frozen ice.
Why settle for water?
Rather than diluting your Cold Brew Coffee or iced latte with flavourless, watery ice, why not use frozen cubes of coffee instead? Adding extra depth to your brew, they’re super simple to create at home. Brew your favourite coffee in a cafetiere, AeroPress or V60 for extra clarity of flavour, allow to cool, then pour into your ice cube tray and freeze. Pop a couple into your chilled coffee and keep it cold in a Contigo travel mug. Cold Brew, Contigo, House keys. You’re ready to leave.
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The same technique works like a charm for chilled drinking chocolate – choose your favourite cocoa (we love our Mint blend for freshness), make as usual then chill and finally freeze into cubes. Add to a glass of milk and slowly swirl to see the iced chocolate combine and cool. Or just add to your iced mocha with mix-and-match coffee and chocolate ice cubes.
Freshen up with a facial
Brew a pot of Camomile tea, leave it to cool then freeze into cubes. FashionRolla.com recommends popping one of these out of the freezer each morning and rubbing over clean skin. The Camomile will soothe and soften the skin, as well as improve blood circulation and tighten pores, leaving you looking utterly radiant. As if you need it, after all that tea drinking.
Keep it crystal clear
Many of the prettiest ice cube creations look best with crystal clear frozen water, like the petal ice cubes above. There’s a trick to getting that cut-glass finish – boiling the water first to remove dissolved gases and leaving the ice free from air bubbles. We found boiling the water twice works the best, letting it to cool slightly before pouring into the tray and freezing.
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