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As you might have noticed there have been a few changes to the blog. The domain has now been changed to http://www.spaceodditea.com, the logo has been updated and we now have an Etsy shop!

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Space Oddi-TEA is improving every day and we want to make sure that we are bringing you the right kind of content. It would benefit us a lot if you could answer the poll below. We always appreciate your comments and suggestions so don’t hold back! Thank you in advance for your time. 🙂

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Drinking Tea in Space

If you’re like me, you can’t survive the day without your morning tea. For some of you, it’s coffee but we can all agree that without it the day can go horribly wrong… On Earth, we take drinking our favorite beverage for granted because it is not as easy for our fellow Astronauts to get their morning brew. Astronauts can’t drink from their prized mug like we can but they can recreate the act of sipping from a cup by drinking from these oddly shaped vessel. This is an upgrade for the Astronauts as they used to stuck out the tea or coffee from a bag with a straw.

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Credit: NASA

So how do these little booties allow the Astronauts to drink tea (or coffee) without bubbles of liquid flying everywhere? When two solid surfaces meet at a narrow angle, the fluid in microgravity naturally flows along the join. The combination of the way that the cup has been designed, the surface tension and wetting, drives the liquid forward to the Astronauts mouth. This is called the capillary effect. This effect is very difficult to simulate on Earth due to the interference of gravity but in the weightlessness of space is it very easy to recreate.

However, this is only one part of the capillary experiment. NASA will continue to research into this effect as it could also be used to guide other liquid systems through the spacecraft. Watch the video below for more information!

Credit: NASA

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The Perfect Cup of Tea

Is there a perfect way to brew a cup of tea? Well I believe it’s up to personal preference but there’s a couple of tips I can give you. For this I will be focusing on how to brew the traditional cup of loose English tea or ‘cuppa’ as we call it.

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Firstly, use freshly drawn water as boiling water reduces the amount of Oxygen present and tea needs the Oxygen as it is important for the flavor.

The pot you use (I recommend ceramic or porcelain) should be warmed beforehand so the tea can achieve the high temperature it requires for brewing. You can do this by adding boiled water in the teapot and leaving for a couple of minutes

After your teapot has been warmed, pour out the water, add the tea, (about a teaspoon per cup or more if you like your tea strong), add the boiling water and brew for 3 to 4 minutes. However, depending on the type of tea you have it could be less or more, check the recommended time on the package before brewing.

Now comes the age old debate of whether you add the milk before or after you pour the tea into your favorite mug. According to the British Standard BS 6008:1980 (ISO 3103:1980) the milk should be put in first. The reason being because denaturation of milk proteins is liable to occur if milk encounters high temperatures. However the standard also counters that by stating:

 “If the milk is added afterwards, experience has shown that the best results are obtained when the temperature of the liquor is in the range 65 to 80°C when the milk is added.”

Not everyone (including me) will agree with putting the milk in first and George Orwell was one of them. In January 12, 1946 he wrote an article for the Evening Standard called ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’. He wrote:

“The milk-first school can bring forward some fairly strong arguments, but I maintain that my own argument is unanswerable. This is that, by putting the tea in first and stirring as one pours, one can exactly regulate the amount of milk whereas one is liable to put in too much milk if one does it the other way round.”

Lastly, you may add sugar to taste and then drink your tea when it reaches optimal temperature, which is recommended to be between 60-65°C (140-149°F).

So there you have it, a perfect cup of tea. If you have any more tips please comment below and I’ll try them out!

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Image taken from https://www.sundaypost.com/in10/food/make-perfect-cup-tea/

Introducing Space Oddi-TEA designs

As some of you may have noticed, a new menu has been added to the blog. If you click it, a page will open up to the new Etsy shop. There you can buy these cute little tea cups! These happy cups are lovingly handmade by me and are a perfect gift for the tea lover in your life or just as a little treat for yourself 🙂 More tea related items will be added soon so please check back when you can!

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