Quilliam’s: My Cup Of Tea

The success of my stall of English things in Italy recently inspired me to contact a Newcastle tea company, because amongst all the bone china, horse brasses, marmalade and beer mats, I’ve discovered that tea is a best seller. What would be better than selling exclusive Newcastle tea to my devoted customers in Italy?

A couple of days ago I met the two charming Quilliam brothers who run a thriving local tea shop and sell tea. As they’re lovers of Italy and all things Italian, it wasn’t difficult to convince them that I might be able to sell their tea at the next festival on May 1st.

Of course it won’t be plain sailing. For a start, they only sell loose leaf tea, which they were at pains to explain is the only way to fully appreciate the flavour, using proper leaves instead of powder. I’ll have to be coached in the ritual of tea, making it in a glass pot, then when the colour is right, decanting it into an ordinary tea pot so that it doesn’t go on brewing and become bitter. (Then of course I’ll have to familiarise myself with some obscure Italian vocabulary that goes with this tea ceremony.) After all, they are perfectly prepared to go through daily rituals of coffee making in Italy, so why not learn about tea?

We agreed to meet again when we’ve worked out the next step. It looks as if I might be driving a consignment of tea to Italy at the end of the month.

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One Response to Quilliam’s: My Cup Of Tea

  1. Gordon Bolton says:

    Dear Myra,
    Some time ago you gave a superb talk to Ponteland Rotary Club which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    I was a visitor to the club, being a member of Morpeth Rotary Club.
    Within my club we take turns in finding speakers for our meetings which leads me to my question! Would you be able to give a talk to Morpeth Rotary Club on Tuesday 23rd June?
    The club meets every Tuesday except the Tuesday after a bank holiday so although I’m particularly keen on the 23rd of June there could be some latitude as I could perhaps swap days with another member!
    I hope you don’t object to me trying to contact you in this way but I stupidly lost your visiting card but retained the bookmark and of course your book.
    My home telephone number is 01670 827040
    My mobile (and best number to use!) is 07933 148804
    Fingers crossed!
    Best wishes Gordon Bolton