Feb 09

Loose tea woe

FT + Pumpkin Publog6 comments • 379 views

What am I missing here? I am a great fan of Yorkshire Tea for Hard Water, and on finding it in loose-leaf form, nearly wet myself in excitement – but upon opening the tea, you find something akin to… granules? Like Lift Lemon Tea? But they don’t dissolve! BUT, they are so powdery that they slip through any filter and strainer, leading to a well manky cup of GUNK. Wah! Sob! Cry! My life is so hard.

Loose tea is meant to be leaf tea, surely – what’s with the fine powder? Sure, if you’re having INSTANT TEA (my friend put forward the point the other day that ochazuke is kind of instant tea – but this depends if it has some sort of tea granules in it – I have always poured tea over mine, it is TEA SOAKED RICE after all and more tea has never hurt, anyway)… and it’s meant to dissolve, but this stuff doesn’t…

AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG? Or do I need to visit Taylors of Harrogate and ask “whut up”?


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    Pete Baran on 17 Feb 2009 #

    I think I would need photographic evidence before making total judgement, but leaf tea is leaf tea and certainly designed for a strainer. There seems to be some sort of Taylors epic fail going on here.

    I think this is the kind of consumer journalism campaign that this site has been waiting for.
    You could write them a letter like this:

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    Pat Canella on 17 Feb 2009 #

    That’s very odd, I have never heard of such bizarre tea! I’ve never really tried Yorkshire Tea, but now I know enough to stay away from the powder!!

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    sarah logged out on 17 Feb 2009 #

    OK, here’s a picture (alan, we can’t do a href or link to images here can we…?)

    Perhaps I’ll draft a letter when I have full pmt rage. (However YTfHW in bag format always has really grebt 50% extra free offers etc so I can’t bring myself to hate Betty and her Taylors).

    That should give you an idea that it’s nothing like what I expect leaf tea to be like, obviously it doesn’t all sift straight through like flour but there’s more than enough to get a powdery cup of tea… because I am a MENK, here are the measurements of the TIN it’s in if you want an idea: 10x7x16 cm (geez menk).

    don’t let this put you off yorkshire tea in the teabags though! If you live in a hard water region, get YT for hard water, it really does make a difference…

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    sarah logged out on 17 Feb 2009 #

    BTW ph34r my ultra f-d tea glass (even I cannot do a full teapots worth just for myself every day).
    good old heals eh.

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    Pete Baran on 18 Feb 2009 #

    Ok, having seen the evidence, that is pretty powdery as my understanding of leaf tea goes. It should still not shimmy through your SUPER HITECH CUP but if fragile I daresay much of its dustiness will.

    Consumer campaign MUST FOLLOW.

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    Mellie on 14 Apr 2016 #

    I’m impessred. You’ve really raised the bar with that.

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