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10

VELOCITY

VOYAGE

CUPPA CLAS S

Head to 216

Strand, the

home of

Twinings tea

for 300 years,

to learn about

tea-brewing

from those

in the know.

Twinings hosts

afternoon

tea masterclasses on special

occasions throughout the year,

with each two-hour session

focusing on teas that relate

in some way to the occasion.

Upcoming dates include

Valentine’s Day (14th February),

Mother’s Day (26th March) and

National Tea Day (21st April).

You’ll be served carefully-selected

Twinings teas and will learn all

about our love affair with the

steaming beverage and how

to do it justice at home. Private

masterclasses can also be booked.

£40,

WWW.TWININGS.CO.UK

BREW GOOD

Did you know that different teas

ought to be steeped at different

temperatures to avoid bitterness?

This smart kettle, part of the Sage

by Heston Blumenthal range, has

five pre-programmed temperature

buttons to heat your water from

80 to 100 degrees, with each one

marked with the type of tea (or

coffee) that it best suits, from green

(80ºC) to black (100ºC). There's

also a Keep Warm function to

maintain heat for 20 minutes.

£99.99

WWW.SAGEAPPLIANCES.CO.UK

L EAF I T OUT

Bluebird Tea Co. Tea

Club subscription

Always on the hunt for new tea

blends? Like most things now,

there’s a subscription service for

that! Brighton-based independent

tea purveyors Bluebird Tea Co. will

send its Tea Club members three

20g packs each month – enough to

make 10-15 cups. You can let them

know any particular preferences,

or just leave it to be a complete

surprise. As members, you’ll be

the first to receive Bluebird’s

limited-edition collections, and the

letterbox-sized parcels mean no

waiting in line at the sorting office

to get your hands on your tea!

£9.95/MONTH

WWW.BLUEBIRDTEACO.COM

GRAB AND GO

Aussie tea maestros T2 have

come up with these sleek 500ml

flasks with built-in infusers to help

on-the-go tea enthusiasts get

their fix of good-quality char. Put

your loose-leaf tea of choice in

the stainless-steel infuser, fix the

infuser lid in place (this means you

can pour directly from the flask

without the leaves coming out

too), and pop in the flask opening.

Screw the outer lid in place and

you’re all set to have hot tea

(60ºC) for up to six hours.

£34,

WWW.T2TEA.COM

B e a b e t t e r

WE LOVE

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Find ordinary, cylindrical water

bottles a bit of a pain to carry

in your bag? e ingenious

Memobottle is a reusable water

carrier that comes in two sizes, A5

and A6, reflecting the well-known

paper sizes. e A5 bottle holds

750ml of water, the A6 375ml, but

both are just 3cm thick. e aim is

to create a bottle that’s conveniently

shaped and encourages people to stop buying and throwing away so

many traditional bottles. According to Memobottle, 50 billion water

bottles are consumed each year, with only a third of them being recycled,

and the production of them uses enough oil to fuel 3.8 million cars for a

year. In short, the bottled water industry is bad news for the environment

– switch to Memobottle for a cleaner way to hydrate.

FROM £14.05,

WWW.THEFOWNDRY.COM

SNAP SMART

Camera brand Kodak

dominated the world of

photography for much

of the 20th century,

but its fortunes faded

somewhat as it struggled

to stay ahead in the digital

market. Hoping to make a

splash in the smartphone

market, it recently released

the Kodak Ektra, half mid-range smartphone and half hi-tech camera.

The leather-clad and metal-edged phone has a distinctive bump at the

bottom, ergonomically designed to allow maximum grip and control

when snapping photos with the 21-megapixel, fast-focus camera,

and an integrated Super 8 video app harks back to Kodak’s grainy

analogue days. The Ektra runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

£449,

WWW.KODAK.COM