One of the best kept secrets of modern times (for those who enjoy tea) is the existence of leaf tea as opposed to tea bags.
As a manufacturer of amongst other things a selection of silver tea strainers I have a vested interest in leaf tea. So it came as a surprise to me when in the 80’s the tea bag started to become popular.
I thought this silly idea will never catch on, the paper must spoil the flavour of the tea, plus you have to open the cupboard door and waste bin to put the used bag into as opposed to flushing a few leaves down the sink. Personally I do not do even do that as I put mine into the compost heap and let it go back to nature rather than into landfill.
I have to confess though that I do use teabags myself at work, the reason – some staff are not very good at making tea!
Enough of the negative stuff, leaf tea does make a far superior cuppa, is environmentally better, and more economical which helps to save hard earned cash for more important things. Would you believe I am going to suggest buying a silver tea strainer! But before that read on ………
Some years ago a Swiss retailer ordered a batch of sterling silver tea strainers. After he had received them he telephoned me and said with a German Swiss accent – “Mr Campbell, the water will not pass through your strainers”, he continued, “do you think Swiss water is thicker than English water?”
I apologised, said I would look into it and get back to him. I still had some of the same batch in stock so I placed one over a cup and poured water from the tap into the strainer. Sure enough he was right and the cold water sat in the strainer without passing through the numerous holes. Next I made a pot of tea and tried that. Amazingly the tea passed through normally as you would expect leaving the tea leaves trapped in the strainer.
It would appear that the hot liquid has a different viscosity than cold water. However to be certain to please the customer I drilled slightly larger holes .
Another strange phenomenon which has had some press coverage recently is the fact that hot water freezes quicker than cold water. Put 2 ice cube trays in the freezer, one filled with hot water and one filled with cold water and the one with hot freezes first. There have been many suggestions but no definitive answer as yet that I have heard – interesting!
A sterling silver tea strainer – the perfect present