Tea is a huge part of our everyday lives, and I have a daily tea routine that consists of the following. My morning pretty much goes like this;
- Put the kettle on as soon as awake and before speaking to anyone
- Grab a largish cup, pop in a pyramid tea bag, fill the cup
- Allow the tea to infuse, then remove the bag when at the desired colour
- Add milk (yes milk last – however I’m open to debate on this?) and stir
In our house we have a couple of moments to enjoy this peaceful moment before getting on with the morning chores. Our houses chaos includes getting the kids sorted for school, feeding the cats, making lunches, brushing teeth, putting shoes on and getting the bikes ready. To be fair this has been fine tuned over the years. I still generally never manage to finish a cup of tea before 8am. That is apart from recently, when on father’s day I was bought an English breakfast in bed!
Whilst tea is similar in ways to the production of coffee, the variety of teas available is close to 2,000. These however are generally broken down to 3 main categories.
Black’s, Green & Whites and Herbal Infusions
Some of which I love and others that are not my cup of tea so to speak!
- Blacks include Earl Grey’s, Darjeeling’s, Ceylon’s, Lapsong Souchong’s (always like saying this!!) and of course the nations favourite, English Breakfast.
- Greens and Whites such as Green, Matcha, Oolong’s and Jasmine’s. Full of antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. They are said to include the ability to improve brain functioning, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and more.
- Then we have the Herbal Infusions. The infusions are Mints, Chamomile and Rooibos – caffeine free. Being full of natural ingredients, they are refreshing, healthy, tasty and very colourful.
Not knowing too much about teas when Hessian Coffee began saw us partner up with Novus. Novus like us is a family ran business, with blending, manufacturing and packaging all done in the UK. They are not a million miles from Hessian Towers, making for us a great working relationship. With so much passion and enthusiasm it is not surprising Novus keep winning great taste awards year after year for 99% of their products. They happily support us with training and education, plus they make customer visits. We are also provided with bespoke premium display solutions and tea ware accessories for hotels, restaurants and cafes.
Daily Tea Routine and Rituals
Since being with Novus tea, my personal tea education has moved rapidly on from the common tea bag. This was where you dunk your bag in hot water for 17 seconds, stir it a bit, squeeze it a bit, look at the colour in the cup and add milk to suit. Now I ensure I have freshly boiled filtered water, a clean cup, infused for 4 minutes until dark brown and just a touch of milk.
English Breakfast should be rich, full bodied yet delicate in flavour as well as capable of packing a punch. With Novus they only ever use the highest grade of whole leaf tea out of the 28 grades. Classed as Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe or FTGFOP for short. The standard “17 second dunking tea bags” we have grown up use very small particles known as fanning’s or dust. The quality is very poor, but unfortunately used by the market leaders. Novus also use the same high-quality leaf across its product range of pyramids, loose leaf and individually wrapped bedroom envelopes. I know other companies will use a lesser quality in the tea bags, but you wont find this wih our friends at Novus.
The pyramids Novus use themselves are 100% Biodegradable. They decompose into carbon dioxide & water and resolve into the Earth faster than a newspaper does which is impressive!
Now then, having discovered decent English breakfast tea my taste buds were then blow away by some of the other teas and infusions Novus offer. Not experiencing anything other than the “17 second stir” growing up, tasting Persian Pomegranate literally blew my socks off! Apple, pomegranate, orange peel, blackberry leaves, liquorice, Hibiscus and Rose petals blended together in harmony, this is simply stunning with the most amazing red colour. Infused for 4 – 5 minutes it gives a sweet, well rounded fruity caffeine free drink full of super fruits and antioxidants which can’t be bad for you! Superb served over ice as well.
My mornings will still be chaos I’m sure, but I need to make more of an effort to take time out and enjoy these wonderful teas and infusions. Relaxing with your tea should not just be for Father’s Day!