Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yorkshire Gold

So I'm in the tea doldrums lately. Haven't had any great samples come my way, and the Tea Expo is still a while off. Just lazy I suppose but I've been drinking this totally boring Yorkshire Gold from Taylors of Harrogate. I picked it up at one of those wealthy-person supermarkets that usually have a good tea selection. It's loose tea, but it's machine farmed so a) it doesn't taste all that special, and b) the leaves have been chopped up to a uniformly small size so it brews up really strong and fast. That's probably the thing it's got going for it. The strength of a grizzly. The quickness of a puma. Anyway, here's a photo of the bag. I've positioned it next to a piece of tinfoil, a ball-point pen and a binder clip to show how easily it blends in with other ordinary things:

I just visited their website and they do seem like nice people, so now I feel kind of bad for saying that their tea is dull. Well, there's nothing wrong with being dull, in fact it is admirable to seek out beauty and goodness in the ordinary and the everyday, no?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Drink Up

Here's another great reason to load up on tea: It will protect your brain from the rest of your body. According to this story from the BBC, a new study indicates that caffeine helps protect the brain from the damaging effects of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Like we need scientists to tell us that caffeine is good for our brains. Sheesh.