Price and presentation: £1.70. Nice white cup with red lid and white crenellated safety cuff. Inbuilt stirrer in lid. Loose or bag? Pret branded pyramid bag. Flavour profile and hue: quite a strong blend. Strong dusty flavour like attic floorboards. Very pleasant. Hue was dark like a tough muddy boot. Comments: lovely, pleasant and a bit BUILDERY. Not a subtle or delicate cuppa. Packs a good punch (if that’s what you’re looking for!) Score: 8/10
Recently moving jobs to somewhere near to Tottenham Court Road has brought a greater range of lunchtime options to me. Oh brave New World that has such Cafés in’t!
Today I noticed that my new favourite Itsu offer a few types of green and flavoured tea. They had a brilliant contraption behind the counter (which looked like an ice cream machine…) the machine took in a good spoonful of loose leaves, spun them around in a clear perspex tube with hot water for a while, and then the tea flushed down through a filter into the waiting cup below. I’d never seen anything like it!
The result was a very delicious green tea, not over-stewed or too cloying (which is often a problem with green tea for me). What a brilliant wizzy exciting machine! I hope they catch on with other cafés, I would love to try a loose leaf English Breakfast by the same futuristic method!