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Weirdy American Tart Thing
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Since I tend to obsess over things, in my googling I found that because I like malty, strong black tea, it's probably the Assam that provides the maltiness. And I followed Douglas Adams' directions, except that until recently I didn't have a proper kettle. When I finally got a kettle I discovered that I was totally wrong to believe that I didn't need one. It really does change the taste for the better.



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wierdy americans and their lack of kettles



you do realise i'm neveh going to get over that fact don't you?

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But, I don't lack it now! And because I of scientific testing, I realised a kettle really does make a difference. That should count for something, right?

It's the damn microwave. Even people who do know how to make a proper cup of tea, just plonk it in the microwave and hit the button. That's how my mother made it and why I never liked her tea.



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see, what i don't get is WHY, if you *have* a kettle, and can actually make a good cup of tea, you would choose not to. WHY you would choose to just put it in the microwave. that is the action of someone who doesn't like tea. in which case, why on EARTH are you making tea?


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Well, my mother wasn't the best cook and wanted food and beverages *instantly*. And I really think her tastebuds were dead.

But I have a friend who has a fit if a restaurant doesn't have brewed iced tea but at home just plonks a teabag in a cupful of water and nukes it. I don't know if she has a kettle though.



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that's just weird. Razz

talking of. i need a cuppa!


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i love tea, and i hate making it in the microwave, its horrible, but i accidentally left the kettle on and went to the store and it sadly has made its last tea :/
 
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wait, people put the tea in the mug of water BEFORE they microwave it?? I can sort of understand heating the water in the microwave if you don't have a kettle (I DO, Smaug!) and not getting it quite to boiling so the tea is weak, but putting the tea bag in the microwave?? That's just gross.


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haha that's what i meant too, just to heat the water up! even that is still subpar, but WHY would you put the tea in FIRST?

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*drinks diet coke*


Uses kettle to heat up water to wash dishes.

Electric kettle ftw. I had to buy a new one last week, the last one decided to start leaking, which is not good in an electric kettle!


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When I drank hot tea (read: when I lived in a non-tropical place) it had to be made with boiling water and never, ever go anywhere near the microwave.

My MIL makes tea in the microwave. She is like Maeve's mom, wants food and beverages instantly. She always offers to make me some tea and I always shudder to myself because BLECH.


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•The Other Wiki notes that British Tanks contain "a boiling vessel (BV) also known as a kettle or "bivvie" for water which can be used to brew tea, produce other hot beverages and heat "boil-in-the-bag" meals contained in ration packs." This is an absolute requirement, and a unique one, for British armoured vehicles. (The Americans working with the Brits in Afghanistan and Iraq are jealous; they appreciate being allowed to use them and the Brits were only too glad to let them.)

• During half-time during the FA Cup Final, extra power generation capability is online to cope with all the kettles being boiled. The Brits love plug-in, fast-heating electric kettles (probably precisely because they facilitate making tea) over stovetops or microwaves, a trend that didn't much catch on in the States except for college dorms (and more for ramen than tea).

◦ Electric kettles sold in the British Isles are generally rated at 3 kW - it's generally not possible (ignoring the voltage differences) to use an appliance that uses so much power in North American households without getting your kitchen re-wired. A NEMA 5-20R (T-slot) outlet typically found in modern kitchens in the US will only deliver a maximum of around 2.4 kW. There are lower power kettles (cheap junk sold in the UK can be anything from 1.5-2 kW) but they're slow as hell in comparison.

◦ This is the reason why rapid-response power stations such as Dinorwig were built, which can from idling to full power within seconds to accommodate sudden surges in demand. That's right: in the UK they've built specialist power stations inside mountains just so the entire nation can use their high-powered kettles at the same time.

◦ The same effect also apparently happens far more regularly at the end of soap operas: Britain from Above featured a segment showing a National Grid employee watching TV waiting for the end of EastEnders (IIRC) in order to bring online the extra generators needed to cope with the power surge.

◦ Domestic power consumption can double in a few seconds with the load from kettles. This is why we have the fastest responding pumped storage power station in the world. Dinorwig in Wales can bring 1320MW of capacity on line in 12 seconds. All to make tea.

◦ Immediately after the recent televised wedding of Prince William and now-Duchess Kate ended, British utilities reported a surge of electricity consumption approximating 2,400 megawatts, or about 1 million households boiling kettles. (This was not the all-time record; that'd be 2,800 MW consumed right after the 1990 World Cup England-Germany semifinal game ended.)

◦ In fact, British commercial breaks are designed to accommodate the making of tea. It takes roughly three minutes to boil the kettle and make 1-3 cups of tea. Commercial breaks are roughly just over 3 minutes long and the volume is increased substantially over main programmes so that Brits in the kitchen can hear them.


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Commercial breaks are roughly just over 3 minutes long and the volume is increased substantially over main programmes so that Brits in the kitchen can hear them.



This made me laugh. There's actually an ongoing lawsuit in my state right now over that exact same issue. People are demanding volume regulation between the show and advertising, because often times they will have turned up the volume of their show only to be blown away when it goes to break.


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Oh, I hate it when the telly blares during commercials!

I've been looking at electric kettles and can't settle on one.



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Chris and I got one from our wedding registry, and it's come in handy a bunch. I mostly use it for making iced tea, though, which I suspect Smaugy would slightly disapprove of.


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I had one in college, and it was great for making ramen or heating water for hot chocolate. My roommate once made canned ravioli in it once, and it was stained this ugly orange color for a long time.

Now I think Snazz has it at work for making tea, but I couldn't say for sure.


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Since I have to go to Wegman's today I think I'll look for some Darjeeling tea and try something new.

ETA: In a fit of indecisiveness I bought Lapsang Souchong instead of Darjeeling. I do not like it.

Thankfully, Steve does, so it's been foisted off on him.

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I'm not into warm tea like that but I love Peach Tea. It is so sweet and tasty. I think it's better than warm tea. Big Grin
 
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What about bubbletea?

I was initiated to bubbletea by Froggy, in a small green cafe in London, where I drank mango fruit tea with large black tapioca balls through an enormous straw.

Now it seems they have tiny Bubbleology tea shops springing up everywhere, which may be over rated - I liked it better when part of a meal.


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