There isn’t much that gets me out of bed in the mornings earlier than I need to. But a promise of some exciting tea-based adventures with teapigs at my favourite London furniture store is just the ticket. As someone who doesn’t.like.coffee (and that’s putting it mildly) I love seeing tea get a moment in the spotlight. So off I trotted on a chilly autumn morning ready for some soul and hand warming courtesy of West Elm and teapigs.
So, coffee vs. tea. I’ve never liked coffee. Despite regular protests from friends and family throughout my life that it was just a matter of time, coffee is not my bag. Interestingly, according to someone I know who blends his own coffee, there is a very good reason for this. If you don’t like the taste of coffee, it’s because you haven’t found the right one (according to him). If you don’t like the smell and the taste, you’re basically a lost cause. There we go. Not only do I not like the smell or taste, it makes most people really, really stinky. Stinky breath and stinky pores.
Considering how much the nation loves coffee (and Instagrammers especially), I always feel sad that tea doesn’t get the same look in. But teapigs have always risen to the challenge and have launched their first pop-up cafe at West Elm. Taking over the market cafe at the Tottenham Court Road store from October 23rd to November 16th, you can find 34 DIFFERENT BLENDS ON OFFER. Quite simply, my idea of heaven.
Despite the excitement, seeing so many flavours, designs, gifts in one place is a little overwhelming. We learned how to blend our own tea using such treats as turmeric, dried canberries, apple, ginger – you name it, one festive hotch-potch. Apparently there’s very little that doesn’t really go together but I think my aim is more style over substance. If I’m brave enough to ever try it I’ll have to let you know what it tastes like.
Enjoying steaming mugs of our choice of tea plus breakfast from Social Pantry, we were also treated to a little bit of tea pick ‘n’ mix. Is this not the most genius idea ever? Forget sweets! Available for the duration of the pop-up, the idea is to fill a pretty gift box with 12 mini tea pouches – such a great idea for Christmas. It’s impossible to resist the more exotic choices and I picked ‘popcorn’ and ‘rooibos creme caramel’ amongst others.
If you get the chance do pop along before November 16th. You can also buy the pick ‘n’ mix online here. Thank you so much to teapigs for the lovely morning and all the amazing tea. I’ll let you into a little secret: we also received a big pouch of festive ‘gluhwein’. All the flavour of mulled wine without the alcohol, better to drink at work…