A week in tea #4: best brewing time, the new superfood and swimming pools of tea

Let’s start with some geek news.

Boffins from the research firm Cambridge Consultants were at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week showcasing their prototype Tê pod machine, which supposedly produces a steaming cuppa in in half the time it takes to make tea with a kettle.

It works using perforated tea pods, which were the bewildering subject of a recent mdtea blog.  The pods are tossed around in boiling water by the machine, halving the brewing time to around 90 seconds. Personally, we think three minutes is a better brewing time for tea – it’s the exact same length as the ad break.

Guess how many cups of tea we Britons drink every day? The answer is a whopping 78 million, according to a new study by Travelodge, reported in the Daily Express this week.

 If our corrections are right, that’s about four million gallons…or enough to fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools. Might be a little bit hot for the swimmers, of course.

Meanwhile, the other middle market tabloid, the Daily Mail, covered a study of the drinking habits of 75,000 Swedes by scientists in Stockholm.

The researchers found that drinking four cups of black tea a day can reduce the risk of a stroke by more than a fifth when compared to drinking none, according to the paper.

Not really news – but earlier in the week, the Mail reported on the phenomenon that is matcha tea, calling it “the new superfood”. Growing awareness of the high level of antioxidants in the powdery tea is driving a boom in sales, the paper said.

If you’re interested in the claims, have a read of the article – or if you’re interested in the facts, read our blog post on the health benefits of matcha tea (only joking, Daily Mail!).

Finally, I’m going to leave you with this wonderful image from the good people at the Utility Journal website, who have produced a visually arresting summary of the brewing times required for various different types of tea. You’ll note that – none of them say 90 seconds!

Brewing time for tea


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