Tuesday, March 14, 2006

T-pads or Tea pads continued

I'm all tea-d up. I tried and sampled, tried again. Tested both varieties that came in the sampler-package. Cleaned the machine. Cleaned it again but now including all dark corners and cavities. Scrubbed the press-down thing clean of coffee-residu and tried again...

Forced down some tea into my 12-yr old. He didn't like the Rooibos. I didn't like the Rooibos. Rooibos is an acquired flavour I think but we both still noticed a faint coffee-flavour. Finally tried the Early Grey, I like Earl Grey (Twinings) so that should be no problem. But this one had a very distinct lime-oily feel about it. Bit soapy. I googled a lot this morning and I read somewhere (don't know where, don't know when) that to bring out the flavours by pressing the water fairly quick through a pad you'll have to rely a great deal on citrus-oil. The bergamot and the still lingering coffee flavour isn't exactly a match made in heaven. I don't want my tea with a little frothy layer on top either! What's next? Choco-pad, cup-a-soup pad, gluhwein pad? (Why are they called "pads" in Holland and almost anywhere else "pods"? Just wondering).

Tea for me is associated with breakfasts that go on well into the morning, or lunch with friends and family, fridaynight bread and fried fish meals or afternoons with the last rays of the sun, a book and some cookies, kids coming home from school, chatting with friends. All you need is a teakettle, a teapot, a teabag and some home-made cookies! Use your senses, not your Senseo!


  1. En zo is het !!!!!!!!!!!

    Hier geen senseo, gewoon theewater koken en thee maken en weet je wat nou zo leuk is???
    A tea cosy maken :) oftewel theemutsen.
    Ok kopen is soms goedkoper maar ik heb een thee tic dus met interesse je blog gevolgt en weet nu dus....no way senseo day ;)

  2. I enjoy all the traditional tea equpment - teapots, plain pottery and fancy pocelain, tea strainers, heavy glazed earthware mugs, and bone china lady-like teacups-tea cozies,etc.
    Somehow, the whole process of making and serving it adds to the pleasure and relaxing of drinking it- and it's not as if it's hard to do!

  3. Valeria en Lindy: exactly my feeling too!
    All of a sudden I remember my extra lessons economics during high school, given by an pensioned math teacher, she served tea in thin porcelain wide rimmed cups and used to say: "who will be having the man's teacup today".

  4. Okay you've tried it and it wasnt a cup of tea. After reading you're story i've decided that i use my senseo only for coffee and make tea the old fashion way.

  5. Hahaha, hoe heette ze ook alweer? En dan moesten we die lange weg affietsen langs een huis met een heel grote hond (dat denk ik tenminste dattie groot was)! Ik heb m nooit gezien maar blaffen dattie kon! Hahaha, en jij stuiterde dan altijd bijna van je fiets!

    OOOOOOOO ik wor oud! Jeugdherinneringen!


  6. Jaaah, wat een eind he? Ze heette mevr. Zwartbroek! Ik zie ons nog zo zitten bij dat raam aan een klein tafeltje met een kleed erop en haar echtgenoot in de kamer in zo'n stoel met oren en de krant ofzo

  7. Nou Baking,
    Ik hoef niet meer! Dank je voor je test.
    Hier staat wel een senseo, omdat ik zelf een echte theeleut ben en geen koffie lust maar de visite wil af en toe wel een bakkie, dus dan is die Senseo ideaal.
    Nou zag ik dat van die teapads. Dacht, is vast niks maar wilde het toch proberen. Helaas waren ze uitverkocht toen ik het proefpakketje wilde kopen.
    Dankzij jouw prachtige verslag ben ik genezen en ga ik het ook niet meer halen!!



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