|The driveway from our house to the narrow road.|
Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Teath, Cornwall*:
At this site, there’s a ticker running illustrating how many cups of tea are consumed in the UK each day. It’s shocking to see how fast the ticker runs into the millions of cups each day.
|Storage building on the farm.|
“Stereotypes suggest that Brits favour a builder’s brew over any other beverage but new figures released by the British Coffee Association (BCA) tell a different story.
Reliant on the caffeine spike a morning brew offers to face the day ahead, the BCA has revealed that the UK’s coffee consumption has soared to 95 million cups a day in 2018, up from 70 million in 2008. That’s an increase of 25 million over the last 10 years.”
The exact stats on coffee versus tea consumption in the UK is confusing and elusive. Some say coffee is more prevalent while others claim tea is the preferred beverage of choice.
|Pygmy goats checking me out. Next sunny day, Lorraine will take me out to meet them inside the fences. Photos will follow.|
“Interestingly, it also revealed that 65 percent of coffee is drunk at home, 25 percent at work or while studying, and the rest is consumed in shops, bars, and restaurants. “In the last decade we’ve gone from a country of tea-sippers who enjoy the occasional instant coffee, to a nation of seasoned coffee connoisseurs exploring a large variety of roast and ground blends,” said Chris Stemman, Executive Director of the BCA.”
|Pretty house in Michaelstow.|
Tea’s illustrious influence in the UK has led to a variety of teas from around the world but there are certain teas the British favor. Favorite teas include:
- Black Tea. Black Tea, of course, tops the list, mostly taken with milk, mostly in tea bag form
- Earl Grey. Earl Grey was believed to be named after a gift of tea from China was presented to the then UK Prime Minister Charles Grey in 1830
- Green tea
- Herbal teas
|Cornfield in the neighborhood.|
Over the past seven months since I had open heart surgery I’ve avoided drinking coffee. I found the caffeine seemed to make my heart race. Instead, I’ve been drinking one cup of green tea (includes caffeine) each morning, followed by herbal teas later in the day. I’ve yet to find a herbal tea that I love.
But, then again I was always both a tea and coffee drinker starting with coffee in the morning and having tea in the afternoon, caffeine never seeming to be an issue. Tom started drinking coffee only since 2004. He now drinks it without sugar and uses coconut cream instead of milk or cream.
|Old building/barn converted to a house with solar panels.|
When we grocery shopped a few days ago I decided to try something I’d never consider in the past…make instant caffeine-free coffee adding “double cream.” Much to my surprise, it tastes delicious and I believe this will be my new morning beverage. I’m very enthused being able to have coffee in the mornings when Tom’s coffee always smells so good.
Later in the day, I’ll have a few cups of green tea including each day around 4 pm, tea time minus the biscuits. It’s not quite “high tea” but definitely a treat at that time of day, now that we’re no longer doing “happy hour.”
This morning, we took on an amazing drive in the area and came across some fantastic sites and a “people” experience we can’t wait to share tomorrow with many photos. Please check back.
|This is the same family with seven chicks we’d seen a few months ago. For more photos, please click here.|