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  • #7693

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Simon, I’d endorse Chris at Min River Teas. His teas are all entirely excellent in my experience

  • #7689

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Whoops, to correct myself above, Launching in THE US in May and the UK in June

  • #7688

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I saw this discussion, jumped on to blow my own trumpet and found the orchestra were already warming up. Great to see.
    We should launch in the UK in May. As our distributors source all of their raw products locally or internationally – i.e. we don’t actually send the tea to the UK, it’s blended under licence – our distributor is likely to start with about 5 or 6 of our blends, not the whole set.
    Some of the blends are actually quite tricky – for example the process of drying oranges for the Lady Devotea blend – so until I personally get to the UK in August September to conduct some in-house training some are not even possible.
    And Lady Devotea (the Lady this time, not the tea) and I are likely to be in Brighton soaking up some history on the afternoon and evening of 30/9/2012 if you want to grab some tea loving friends, Simon, and we can have a cuppa.

  • #7649

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I always have a china cup of tea to take to bed. Whilst I can drink any tea anytime,. Lady D does prefer the lighter offerings at night but is not overly fond of green or whites so we tend to drink 1001 Nights, Peppermint Plus or the yet-to-be-released Pandan Plus from our own range. Of course, I recommend this idea.

  • #7600

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I don’t want to ruin the whole event for all of you, but I sadly won’t be there. I am seriously considering 2013 though, you heard it here first.

  • #7582

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I try to add value. After I’ve done that, the market tends to indicate what value I’ve added.

  • #7512

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Xavier said:
    How do you find out the final brewing time and temperature of your blend?

    Do you mix together teas with really different temperatures and brewing times?

    You can, and they change, and you have to work it out by instinct and experimentation. Also, you can get very different re-steeping profiles, so steep one becomes very different to steep two and three.

  • #7502

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    (Australia, for example?)

    I source some from India, some from China, some from Vietnam, some direct form a tea farm in Queensland, some from wholesalers in Sydney, some from five Chinese guys that don’t speak English in a warehouse in Adelaide’s Northern Suburbs and some of the herbal and fruit items I add from my own garden.

    And that’s just the Australian operation. Stay tuned.

    …and I might have a chat with @ynunnacolorful

  • #7471

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    The only way to learn about anything is to watch , listen to, discuss with or argue with those who know more than you.
    Although it’s also not mandatory to have your knowledge at a particular level. If you’re Ok with what you know, then great.

  • #7448

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    It’s all Japanese tea.

  • #7446

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Well done @liberteas
    Comprehensive and I agree 100% with everything you said. Even the knitting.

  • #7444

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I’m the worst person to ask.
    I owned a tea shop with 164 teas, some scales, 64 herbs and a huge quantity of trays. Not everyone gets that chance.
    I still primarily blend with high-quality, drinkable tea.
    So while I have adopted the label “blender” as useful, others might disagree.
    Also, I work my blends out in my head before I test them. I”m sure others must have that skill. It saves a year, apparently.

  • #7438

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    With respect @mbanu, that is a very limited view of blending.
    Yes, most of the blending in the world is done so that cheap tea can be made to taste better, or to achieve long term consistency.
    Even if 99.9 percent of the tea blending in the world is done to achieve those ends, I don’t think you can discount what I and other like me do. I find new flavours, find new colours, find new tastes, mostly with camellia sinensis but also with other herbal ingredients of cultural, taste or health implications.

  • #7426

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    It’s breakfast time in Australia. The tea is obeying the pull of it’s home tides.

  • #7387

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I expect a Royal Warrant myself any day now.
    “The Devotea, supplier of quality tea to the HM The Queen, and Arsonist-General of any tea shop that displeases one”

  • #7372

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I think that more than one of them is Ken.

  • #7366

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Thanks @jackie for this topic.
    I’m very excited to be invited to design a tea menu to accompany a delightful high tea of clever and classy food.
    I plan to serve the following:
    Finbarr’s Revenge: A one-of Irish Breakfast blend for the event. Strong and meaty, ideal with the Beef & Guinness vol-au-vents.
    Dancin’ In The Moonlight : Another one-of. A light black blend designed for evening consumption, with flavour characteristics of an Irish Breakfast but less body, and less caffeine.
    There will be my essentials such as 1910 and 1001 Nights.
    The new Lady Devotea – so new it’s not even for sale yet – will be a certainty to accompany the lemon and lime tones of some of the cakes.
    And finally, there will be a case of sibling rivalry, as I can;t decide between Lord Petersham or his sister The Duchess.
    If you are not in Adelaide, you can join in “in spirit” – order all those teas and get yourself some lovely little petit fours and a beef and Guinness pie should be close enough.

  • #7278

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I used Etsy at one point. It’s not a very exciting place to be for a tea lover, in amongst all those knitted booties.

  • #7254

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I like the addition of the heating to what is already a good way to make tea
    I buy a very similar device (just the brewing bit, not the fancy electronic and heating bit) from my friend @maykingtea . It works well. I lug mine everywhere now, and I have just bought a pile of them for my tea tastings.

  • #7131

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Nerada is available in supermarkets here. Quite well known indeed.

  • #7129

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I think @jackie is right about the NZ/Australia thing.
    My reluctance to engage with NZ foods and beverages is based on the fact that NZ sends us all these bottles of grape juice, and quite frankly it’s all gone off.

  • #7122

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I must admit I’ve never tried a Zealong. There’s so many oolongs to work through in China. And the official list of black tea suppliers in China is over 33,000.
    So, I should get to the NZ stuff by the time I get to about 287 years old.
    Best of luck with it, though, Ya-Ya . I know it’s been a rough few years in Christchurch.

  • #7121

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Oh sure. add a bit of madness and the opportunity to tell lies, and I’m sure to join in, right?
    Highly offended at the suggestion.



    Alright, count me in.

  • #7112

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    Is $6 per pound realistic? I guess it must be.
    I liked the idea of a moving flavour. I think that would require also shifting packaging. Wine is able to be sold with 2005-2006-2007 next to each other so why not tea?

  • #7011

    Robert Godden
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    @thedevotea

    I’ve heard good things about this move. I think it looks to be a wonderful opportunity.

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