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How to make a perfect cup of tea, British style

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Good one, up the rebels!

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Remind me to tweet @UKinBoston on March 5th for the anniversary of another historical moment.

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They conveniently forgot Step 0: Tax working people to keep the King in power.

But no hard feelings...

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What is the name of the unusual brand of black tea at Market Basket?... easy not to notice, only given one slot on a lower shelf 2nd shelf up from the bottom. The box is black with yellow lettering.

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I’m going to assume it’s Barry’s Tea. Fine Irish tea, because feck the Brits.

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"Whack the kettle on, this'll just take a sec." "Make mine a Builders!" http://makemineabuilders.com

"Others sip, we slurp."

"Orders were going round and someone said: “Make mine a builders.” That got us thinking – where had the Great British cuppa gone? The fashionable fruity blends look pretty but they can’t dent a real thirst."

"It was high time to refresh this hardworking nation with a proper, no-nonsense cup of tea. We turned to the experts on the subject – builders, of course – and asked 300 of them to slurp and rate our blend. They gave us top marks for strength, refreshment and lip-smacking flavour – the perfect cuppa for a job well done."

"We packed up our builder-approved bags and delivered them to retailers and wholesalers across the country. Now workers everywhere can reward themselves with a real thirst-hammering teabreak."

"And to make sure our brew always hits the nail on the head, we partner with the Federation of Master Builders, Britain’s largest building trade association."

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My first visit to Boston, I asked the hotel staff for more tea bags in that little in-room kit... The next morning I had zero tea, extra decaf coffee. Oh Boston. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My old-school Manhattan grandpa still makes dumb jokes every time he hears about some water-based event in or around Boston. "How did they ever get their boats clean?" "Oh, yeah, pollution has been a real problem but recently it's actually--" "Because of all the tea stains!" Sigh.

I like both tea and coffee, and also like the "Liberty Tea" made with native plants by, let's see... Eastern Shore Tea Company out of MD. (Based on a Revolution-era tea-alternative blend.) The Wegmans in Burlington carries them, haven't seen it at the Medford one. Someday I'll have to try growing and drying my own.

If anything, the local teas are better and more varied than anywhere else I've lived (you should have seen the looks on people's faces when I would order a tea latte in Seattle), so the jokes are kind of the equivalent of saying "Beantown" -- affectionate if slightly misguided ribbing, thanks for noticing us I guess.

I get more annoyed with Canadians who snark about "why didn't you just ASK for independence, we did and we're soooo much more mature." Yeah because USA had already demonstrated to the UK the financial cost to beat down a colony that was sick and tired of being legally prohibited from spinning the cotton they grew locally, and having to pay for it to be shipped across the Atlantic TWICE for-- ARGH! It was so much more than tea! There is ZERO chance Canada would have gotten independence if the US lost the Revolutionary War and--!

I clearly have a chip on my shoulder from too many stupid Canadian friends over the years.

Anyway tea is great. Also coffee. Also herbal tea. 'S all good.

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