Q1. What is your Name?
Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?
Cardiff in a Tea Cup
Q3. Where are you located in the world?
Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?
Masala Chai because it’s warm and comforting. I usually have it in the evening when it’s been a long, cold day. I blend it myself so I can experiment with different flavours on different days. As a base I use CTC Assam, dried ginger, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and star anise but some of my more interesting additions are rose petals, juniper berries and pink peppercorns.
Q5. What is the perfect Autumn day setting to enjoy the drink?
In the evening with some candles lit and a good book! I’m looking forward to enjoying chai in front of my Christmas tree when I put up my decorations. I’m going to have to think of some Christmas flavours that I can add to my chai. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!
Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?
I like my tea to be loose leaf and I like to know the estate as traceability is one marker of quality.. Water quality is important to me as well. Filtered water heated to the correct temperature makes the world of different to a cup of tea! When I’m out and about I really appreciate it when the person serving me tea is knowledgeable and I think this goes hand-in-hand with good service at a teahouse.
Q7. What drink do you start your day with and why?
I generally start with a wonderfully frothy matcha as it gives me a great energy boost!
Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?
I only order tea if I know it’s going to be of the quality I would drink at home and will be served correctly. Otherwise I will generally go for a hot chocolate.
Q9. Where can people find out more about you?