The right time for a nice, strong cup of tea
The lovely people at Twinings got in touch with me again recently about some rather exciting news and it could not have been better timing! In recent weeks I’ve been enjoying my wonderful selection of teas and trying lots of different blends in some of my favourite mugs – both old and new – but I’m ashamed to say that some of my teas have been forgotten about as I’ve got distracted by the “To Do” list and other festive activities in the run up to Christmas. I’ll leave them to brew for the recommended three to five minutes (usually around five minutes for a nice, strong black tea, which is my everyday favourite). It seems I’m not alone…
Forget tea not?
According to the latest statistics collected by Twinings, 74% of British people – that’s almost three quarters of the population – make a nice cup of tea as their first drink of the day; and one third claim it’s the very first thing they do when they wake up. Despite this famous British love affair with tea, one in five surveyed (that’s 22%) admitted to regularly putting down their tea and forgetting about it!
Never fear, there is a solution – and one I really need in my life, as I’ve forgotten about two cups of tea today already! Twinings have created a prototype cup, which they are calling the ‘forget-tea-not’ – that not only lets you know that your tea is at optimum drinking temperature but reminds you about your tea so it doesn’t spoil by playing a rendition of the “Bing! Bang! Bong!” song when the tea reaches 68 degrees centigrade.
A lot of thought has gone into this from the tea lovers at Twinings – a collaboration between the famous tea house’s master blenders and some rather clever designers. The cup is hand painted in colours that match the branding of the Twinings English Strong Breakfast blend and it is all designed to optimise the tea drinking experience by ensuring the tea is at what they believe is the optimum tea drinking temperature after milk, 68 degrees centigrade, in a shape that maximises the ability to taste the different notes in the tea.
Having met a Twinings master blender myself and learned a lot about what has gone into making their English Breakfast blend over the decades, I can tell you that they genuinely love their morning cuppa and place special significance on the role of a god cup of tea at breakfast time, which is only right and proper, in my opinion!
The right start to the day
As part of their recent research, Twinings have also been looking in to the best ways to start the day – which, of course, while tea is a very important element in the process, often involves more than just the essential morning cuppa! I’m partial to a nice, strong cup of tea in the mornings and find it hard to function without one, but there’s more to it than that. They enlisted the help of psychologist, Dr Lynda Shaw, to get her top tips and life hacks for the best ways to start the day the right way. I identify with a number of these – the power of positivity and a positive start to the day to pave the way for a great day ahead is not to be underestimated, and I do find that a good cup of quality tea in one of my favourite mugs provides a much-needed smile to set me up for the day!
Dr Lynda Shaw’s Morning Rituals That Set You Up For a Successful Day and Are Something to Look Forward to
1. Prepare your mind and write down three things you are grateful for, which will stimulate the rewards systems in the brain. In so doing, you will achieve a more positive outlook for the rest of the day.
2. Set your attitude by adding how you want to behave today – do you want to be calm, energetic, kind, or perhaps all three? A positive feedback loop in the brain will keep you on track.
3. One of the first things you probably do in the morning is make a cup of tea for yourself, so make sure it’s a quality one. Use your favourite tea in your favourite mug or cup and sit down and savour it.
4. How about getting physical? Stretch, run, walk, go to the gym. Exercise in the morning is a ritual that sets you up for the day, but choose something you enjoy to get a real glow.
5. Drink a glass of water to hydrate, then go through your automatic bathing routine which allows your mind to wander and muse wherever it wishes to go, giving space for creative thought.
6. If you take public transport to work, reading an article online on the way gives you topical things to talk about and helps you feel informed and in control.
7. Try waking 10 minutes early so that you can lie there with your eyes closed, allowing your brain to enjoy the alpha state. This is a creative place and you are likely to come up with new ideas or answers to difficult questions. Record them or write them down immediately.
8. Make your bed. It feels good later to come home to an orderly house, helping you to feel calm.
9. Eat your favourite food for breakfast – something that is colourful, such as fresh fruit and yoghurt, or make a smoothie with both fruit and vegetables. Your body will love you for it.
10. Text a friend or family member and tell them how great they are. Doing something meaningful at the start of your day will give you both a boost.
When can I try this magic mug?! I’m excited…!
This is very exciting news in my world – I’m really hoping that this prototype goes into production and am very much looking forward to the opportunity of it becoming available so I can have one for myself!
Until next time, I hope you enjoy your morning cuppa and it sets you up for a fabulous and very productive day – all the more important at this very busy and festive time of year!
Raising a good cuppa to you all – Compliments of the Season!