OK, perhaps the “teabag filter” is a misnomer. It just looks like a teabag. But this new water filter can turn nasty old water into something more potable.
The BBC reports the science behind this new filter, and it’s interesting. It combines activated charcoal with a nanofiber teabag. So it can work to both remove impurities and kill bacteria. It’s perfect for low-cost applications, especially in developing countries where good water’s hard to come by.
The trick is, once you pour through this advanced teabag filter, pour it onto a normal teabag and make, well, tea. Then you get the best of both worlds!
That’s The Guardian of late on how tea’s so popular and of late so young & hip in the UK, yet the proper tea bars so far haven’t taken off like one might expect.
Hypotheses are presented; opinions mulled; tea drank. Along the way, you’ll find a clutch of links to the finests teabars in England, so if you’re living there or just passing through, drop in for a moment or two and have a pu-erh or an English breakfast.
And I might add, my thought the teabar’s that it should likely tilt to the Asian/cosmopolitan side rather than the fusty. We’ve got no end of big-hat tealands here in the southern US of A, and I imagine one can get a proper high tea whenever one pleases in Jolly Olde.
Look at that! It's a veritable advert for drinking tea in the most urbanistic manner possible. Makes me want to purchase High Street clothes and get all flaneur on your tea
Yet! Yet~ this omits the full range of teas from east Asia– the Taiwanese oolongs, the complex blacks of China, Japanese greens. I always feel like a boor ordering sencha at a big-hat tea shop[pe], Heaven only knows you need a globalized chic shop for such a thing.
For illustration, I include this screenshot of Leaf Tea Shop on Parliament Street in Liverpool. Makes me want to update the old graphique dessin! I mean, just look at it. All chic and cosmo, what with its glass mugs of tea steeping floral leaves.
I was in fact trapped at a Mary Kay party. I’ve no troubles with Mary Kay or cosmetics in particular; I was just there to help a friend carry some victuals for the partiers. Yet within mere moments of entrance, I was not entranced so much as ensconced, whisked away back to the bathing-room and instructed forthwith to slather my hands with gels and creams, origin unknown~
Actually, it was pretty nice. Satin lips followed! THEY FELT LIKE A FRESH BABY’S BOTTOM
Time passes. My human interactions become… smoother. I find myself navigating the social niceties with aplomb. Then… DUAL TRAGEDY. First, having received as a gift at a formal fête a tea cup of Japan, I raised it forthwith to gaze upon. Satin is as satin does, and it slipped like jelly RIGHT OUT OF MY GRASP shattering into ONE HUNDRED MILLION PIECES three of which were pretty big on the floor!
The formally-attired clan about me began spontaneously to sing “Amazing Grace.” Excerpt below:
As a single tear rolled down my cheek, I accepted finally my fate. NO TEACUP… and no more satin hands.
The second tragedy: I washed my hands.
Then started to rough ‘em up with daily applications of clay soil, dime store desicants, and extremely dry… things. Now Satin Hands are Sandpaper Hands.
A quick note~ TeaHawk is back after an unannounced emergency vacation into the fetid sultry summer, when layers of sweltering air quilt your body and keep you from so much as unleashing a single Tweet or post. Teablogging resumes apace, with answers, inquiries and video reviews of popular books!
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So I’m slowly rolling out new pages here on TeaHawk.com, one for each of the teas I’ve got on offer. “Green Teas” and “Black Teas” are pretty much done, check them out. Informative & entertaining. But I’ve had a case of writer’s block. And the tea that blocked me the most was the ever-pesky powdered [...]
Just a quick note to point out that I’ve been gradually updating the site with new pages on more teas… today it’s Black Teas, ranging from Assam to Keemun Mao Feng! The pages all have links so you can buy, oh, 400 kilos of each from Art of Tea. Have a browse, have a cup, [...]
I love this stuff. Pop supergroup SMAP’s Takuya Kimura (he beloved of the fairer set) has transformed into the Emperor of Tea, AKA “Tea-O.” He promotes: Asahi Golden Straight Tea and Golden Milk Tea. And even though he’s a man, he loves tea (or so he sings:) I too am a man and I love [...]