Ignore Me For The Right Reasons

As a blogger, I get contacted a lot by tea vendors. “Please review our tea” they say. “We’ll send you some, and you can write lovely things about it”. This is often a very bad idea. If you’re a tea vendor, there are some really good reasons why you shouldn’t do it. However, I am […]

Suck It Up

Every so often, I find in response to a picture that I or someone else posts there is criticism of the drinker or the server in relation to the drinking vessel. Opinions as to what type of cups one should, or more likely should not, sup from are a mainstay on Facebook. Well, I have to […]

Tea Themes – Why hold back?

Last week, Lady Devotea and I found ourselves at an afternoon tea. Not a big surprise, it’s somewhat of an occupational hazard for us. We were surrounded by members of The Bonnet Squad. Now, it is traditional to describe people who are so incredibly lost in the world of Jane Austen as “Janeites”, but quite frankly, […]

Who ARE these people?

When you have been involved in tea for any length of time, you’ll see the same old quotes come up time and time again. And they are usually from authors. Have you ever wondered: Who ARE these people? In what way are they qualified to make pronouncements about tea? Is there a dark, sinister undertone? […]

Ask Lord Devotea (The Second Coming)

I have, at times, consented to share my wisdom with the world. This is one of those times. Young Geoffrey, of Portland, USA, writes: Dear Lord Devotea, why do people buy and consume terrible tea? In bags? What’s wrong with them? Dear Geoffrey Full marks for realising straight away is the big problem here is […]

What’s Not In The Bag

Regular readers will be familiar with my complete hatred of teab*gs, and usually, I mention that it’s the things they add: paper, plastic (usually described as ‘silken’ or silky to fool you into thinking it’s silk) string, tags, staples, glue, sneaky unlabeled sugar etc that have no place in my cup of tea. I even […]

Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Having a delightful afternoon tea with friends is of course, the ultimate way of enjoying a Sunday. Of course, some people might say “But Lord Devotea, my idea of enjoying a Sunday is on a motorbike driving like an idiot on dirt roads / attending some sports / visiting a leper colony / being chained […]

Black and White

I drink my black tea black. Often, I drink my black tea with others, and some of them drink their black tea white. In fact, afternoon tea opens up myriad possibilities. Sometimes, I might try a particular black tea white. Sometimes, my friends who normally drink their black tea white might try one black. Of […]

Brexit. Tea. Envy. Loss. Coffee. Really.

My preferred title for this blog post was just too long, so let’s just enjoy it here: Brexit, Elections, The Politics of Loss and the Implications in the Marketing War between Tea and Coffee. DISCLAIMER: many of you are used to my habit of (a) adding a little tea to make a long-winded rant about something […]

Penang: Over and Out

My last blog – before the Pictorial Interlude – ended with Lady Devotea and I in Little India, Georgetown, Penang, hailing a cab to go back to our accommodation. Over dinner, we’d discussed the idea that we would do something in morning and then head back to take it easy for a few hours before […]

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