I get to put this badge on my site – woohoo!
Some rather amazing news has landed in Tea and Cake’s email inbox.
The great tea company Whittard has nominated Tea and Cake as one of their top ten tea blogs!
I never believed when I started this blog around this time last year that it would be nominated for anything, especially by a company I admire so much.
But T&C also received another nomination before Christmas – for a R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. blog award (read more about that here).
The full time job I began recently has meant I spend far too much time online already, so the blogging has had to take a back seat unfortunately.
But if anything gets me back to reviewing my favourite drink, and baking cakes for the pure sake of it, it’s being recognised by one of my favourite tea shops as a top tea blogger. Thanks Whittard
What other things do you think I should write about on Tea and Cake? Please leave a comment below.
Last year’s Cakebook Britain
(Credit: CC Flickr / scienceatlife)
A country made out of cake. Once you think about how awesome that sounds you begin to ask: “How does that work?” Well, let me tell you.
Tweet-activated vending machine BEV. Credit: BOS
You can now ‘tweet for tea’ in Cape Town with the invention of a Twitter-activated vending machine.
South African soft drinks company BOS has launched ‘BEV’, a vending machine that allows users to tweet to receive free ice tea.
Wonsik Chae’s light-up teabags
Imagine being able to light up your room with only a cup of tea? Sounds daft, doesn’t it? But designer Wonsik Chae has created the ultimate teabag – one that glows as it is put into water.
Is this the most expensive tea in the world?
A tea blend costing £6 a cup has been launched by a fine foods company in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The East India Company has produced ‘Jubilee Tea’, celebrating Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.
It’s so expensive – £75 for 60g – because the leaves come from a single Sri Lankan tea bush, planted by Prince Philip in 1954.
The East India Company says:
Over the last 57 years cuttings taken from this very special bush have been propagated on the estate resulting in an exclusive ‘royal tea’ area that will now provide The East India Company with 25 to 30kg of this luxury tea.
Described as “fine black loose leaf tea”, the blend is recommended to be enjoyed as an afternoon cuppa.
There are only 500 silver-plated caddies of the special tea available, so if you like your tea rare and expensive, click here to buy one.
This tea is eye-wateringly pricey, but according to Most Expensive, a rare Chinese tea called Tieguanyin is the most expensive tea in the world, costing a whopping $1500 per lb, about £940.
Would you buy the Jubilee tea? Or do you think it’s a waste of money? Leave a comment below.
Teapots aplenty at Teapot Island, Kent
It seems that the quintessentially British teapot is heading towards extinction, as our hectic modern lifestyles mean that most of us struggle to find even five extra minutes to dig out the teapot to make a decent brew.
But British department store Debenhams is so concerned about the threat to teapots, they have launched a campaign for “civilised” tea-drinking. According to them, sales of teapots have halved in the last five years, whereas sales of mugs have trebled in the same amount of time.