Summer 2014 Interview – Drew Bednasek (aka: teaxplorer)

Drew Bednasek - teaexplorer

Q1. What is your Name?

Drew Bednasek (aka: teaxplorer)

Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.

No

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

London, UK

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

Iced tea is definitely my favourite summer drink. It is such a refreshing treat.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

Sitting in the back garden on a hot day, firing up the BBQ to make some cheeseburgers.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

You can make iced tea three ways. Probably the most traditional way is by making the tea with boiling water and then letting it cool down in the refrigerator or with ice cubes. Another way is the cold brew method, which is all the rage right now. Simply put some tea in a jug and place it in the refrigerator over night. Lastly, there is the ‘sun tea’ method, which is done by putting cool water and tea in a jug or jar and then placing it in direct sunlight for a few hours. Low British summer temperatures might not be ideal for this method, though.

I like my iced tea made with either Ceylon, Sencha or first flush Darjeeling. Serve with ice and perhaps a wedge of lemon. Many people like sugar in their tea, but I’m not a fan.

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

I always use glass jugs or jars to make the tea in, and I serve iced tea in huge glasses or Mason jars. Basically, with iced tea, the more the merrier.

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

Well, in Britain, I definitely think iced tea is highly underrated, and it would make pubs and restaurants more appealing if they served it. Being American, I am used to iced tea being available everywhere all year round – from fast food outlets to bars to high-end restaurants. It is consumed in vast quantities, and free refills are the norm. Most UK pubs and restaurants only have alcoholic and sugary options, which I find completely unappealing, and iced tea would be a great addition. While I applaud the cold brew trend going on in the UK right now, I am worried that it is becoming a ‘foodie speciality’ rather than a drink for the masses. Just keep it simple and make it available everywhere!

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url

Blog: www.teaxplorer.com
Twitter: @teaxplorer
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teaxplorer1

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