Author: Robert Godden

The 9-Sentence Guide To Hosting an Afternoon Tea

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When deciding on your guest list, the only two criteria are people you like, and people who will like each other, which often reduces the number of family members getting an invitation. Unless you are holding out because you will receive a knighthood or Nobel prize, NOW is the occasion to use the best china, either your own or borrowed. Your day will be perfect because you have a  checklist…

The Jesus Mouse

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My long-time online friend Finbarr O’Brien, most notable to most of our readers as the namesake of our Finbarr’s Revenge Irish Breakfast Tea, sent me a link to a story from an Irish Journal. It concerns a spat that has gone viral in that fair country over poor quality tea. The vendor in this case in Marks and Spencer, the UK grocery chain. When we spent a month in London in 2012,…

2B and not 2B

I sat down to write a lovely piece about customer service, and the TV was on. I looked up at a story that has been on rotation on the 24-hour news service, because I thought I heard them say something that sounded a bit silly. It was a piece about electromagnetic radiation, and the people who claim they suffer from a sensitivity to it. So, there’s not a lot of…

A Simple Solution For The Greek Economy


  Before we start, here’s some clues. ‘Solution’ has several meanings, and one involves dissolving stuff in water. There’s all the hint you need. So, the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Union generally are all owed money by Greece, which doesn’t have any. To quote some sage advice from my Dad, if someone owes you money and they don’t have any, then it’s BOTH of you who…

Quora and Fora


I often get snarky on this blog, it’s fair to say it’s not the only place. For example, real life. I’m quite snarky there. Another fine example is when the site sends me an email letting me know that someone thinks I should answer a particular question. As an example, I got this one this week: “Whats the effects of green tea”. My first thoughts, of course, were uncomplimentary:…

Badge of Honour

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About a month ago, the World Tea Expo was held in Long Beach, California, for the second consecutive year. We were not there. Most readers would assume that the organisers would either (a) fly myself and Lady Devotea to the event, put us up in luxury and shower us with gifts or (b) simply move the whole thing to wherever we are living at the time, but for reasons no…

Energetic Latino Charm And Quiet Reflection

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I used to write a lot about different teas and about different places to enjoy tea, or not enjoy tea. But not so much any more. There are complex reasons. Firstly, since starting this blog, Lady Devotea and I have become vendors. For the last four years, every time I have thought about reviewing a tea, it’s either one of ours or a competitor, and neither of those situations makes…

The Devoteam (Bonus Blog Prequel)

With nearly 300 entries on this blog under my belt, I thought I’d give you a rundown of how this blog is created every Sunday. I’ll introduce you to the team and the process. 5.47 a.m: Today’s team is starting to assemble. A massive pot of tea is being made, today it’s Lord Petersham. The TV is flicked on to make sure that there is nothing topical that might form…

Each New Cup

I post every Sunday, in case you hadn’t noticed. I used to be more prolific, or less prolific. At times when I had more control over my time, I’d post almost daily. Other times, I might skip a month if I was caught up in various projects. So far, there are 280 posts to this blog before this. There are 5 drafts, which are mostly posts I’ve thought better of….


Many of us believe that quality, loose leaf tea is on the rise. In specialist tea shop/cafes and as an essential part of more general food businesses. Sometimes, that belief is shaken. When Lady Devotea and I returned to Adelaide, we stayed for a few weeks in the heart of a city, and were delighted to find nearby a perky little place that did great food, excellent coffee and a…

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