|The driveway from our house to the narrow road.|
Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Teath, Cornwall*:
We often assume that the people of the United Kingdom are avid tea drinkers and, although they’ve heartily adopted coffee consumption, making it more prevalent than tea, they are still big tea drinkers.
There’s a ticker running at this site 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 favor 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 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 ten 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 were 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.|
In our experience while in the frequent presence of Brits over the years of world travel, we’ve seen tea as the preferred beverage. But then, many of our British friends are regular coffee drinkers. So, who’s to say they haven’t adopted the passion for coffee drinking so common in the US and many other countries worldwide?
Tea’s illustrious influence in the UK has led to various teas worldwide, 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 teabag 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.|
Surprisingly, we don’t see a wide variety of teas at the supermarkets, not nearly as many as I’d seen in the US many moons ago. As for coffee, many Brits drink instant coffee.
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 began drinking coffee only in 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 considered 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 about 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 a treat at that time of day, now that we’re no longer doing “happy hour.”
This morning, we took on a fantastic drive in the area and came across some excellent sites and a “people” experience we can’t wait to share tomorrow with many photos. Please check back.
Photo from one year ago today, September 15, 2018:
|This is the same family with seven chicks we’d seen a few months ago. For more photos, please click here.|