Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 18

A little while ago I wrote an article called A Space for Tea. One of the segments in that article dealt with kits that one could buy if they wanted their own Japanese tea house. Which came with a fairly stiff price tag, it should be noted. On a similar theme, here’s an article in a Scottish paper that reports on a rather unique house that’s shaped like a teapot. It’s presumably one of a kind and it can be yours for just £10,000 (unless it’s sold since the article appeared). If you’re thinking of putting in an offer that works out to nearly $17,000.

Teapot House in Scotland (screen capture from site)
Teapot House in Scotland (screen capture from site)

Here’s an article about a historical figure who’s rather well known – William Shakespeare. Somehow I missed it when it first came out but apparently a tea caddy that sold for a tidy sum at auction last year was made from a mulberry tree that “may have” been planted by good old Will himself. While we’re talking about trees and tea I guess it’s not that far of a jump to introduce this month’s novelty tea infuser – which is shaped like a squirrel and how sits on the edge of the cup with his tail full of tea in the water.

Did you hear the one about the guy who swore off of everything but beer for the forty days of Lent? Well, a few disclaimers first. Don’t try this at home and, if you get past the headline, you’ll find that this Canadian gent actually intends to supplement his beer diet with tea, coffee, and water. Don’t try that at home either.

If you’ve got some tea lying around that you don’t particularly like, there are a number of things you could do with it. One option that I don’t recall hearing about before is presented in this YouTube video. In which a pair of DIY types use a mixture of rust, vinegar and tea to make a wood stain and stain a coffee table with it.

It’s not specifically focused on tea, it seems, but apparently you can drink as much tea or coffee as you want at Ziferblat, a London café based on similar outlets in the Russia and the Ukraine. Drink all the tea you want but be conscious of how long you spend there because you’re paying for…every minute you spend there. Here’s a USA Today article with more details.

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