Which one woud you pick?
Ok, that’s a lie: each presented their side well and showed an appropriate amount of camaraderie and respect. (But doesn’t the above sentence read so much better?)
Anyway, before last night’s event I was totally torn. I love my green teas, rooibos and nothing beats a good English breakfast when you’re feeling low. But I also enjoy coffee, making espressos at home at the weekends and catching up with friends over cappuccinos and lattes.
So which would be my desert island drink?
Andrew from Taylor St Baristas presented us the fine art of coffee tasting: slurp, spit, don’t swallow. (Surprisingly, none of us made any naughty jokes, but we were in respectable company, so one must mind their manners!) Turns out you also brew each bean three times to make sure there are no “off” brews, so you sample each brew three times from three separate cups by slurping a sip from a spoon before spitting it into a cup. Then repeat with up to six different beans.
He then explained the difference between each cup, and I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t recognise any of the flavours. I’m going to put this down to lack of experience and say this just means I need to drink more coffee!
Next Timothy from Postcard Teas presented some cold tea, which he brewed in mineral water. I got very excited about this, because cold teas are popular in America, with “sun tea” being a very common thing to do in the warmer months. (Recipe below!)
This was followed up with stories about tea and it’s history, as well as some matcha ice cream! (Made by sprinkling matcha on fiordilatte ice cream, from Gelatorino.) It was delicious.
It was a close call, but tea did win in the end.
- A bunch of loose leaf tea or tea bags, either all the same flavour or a mix so you can make a custom mix. (The more you add/the longer you brew, the stronger it gets.
- A large jug (like maybe 1 or 2 litres)
- Lid for the jug or clingfilm
- Optional: sugar to taste
- Put the tea leaves or tea bags in the jug
- Fill the jug with tap water
- Put the lid/clingfilm on the jug
- Place the jug outside in the sunlight (or on a window sill if it gets warm enough inside.)
- Let the tea brew to taste
When you’re done you can add sugar to taste. Drink within a day or two. Enjoy! 🙂