Title: Afternoon Tea: 2 in 1 Book: Afternoon Tea: Host a Perfect Afternoon Tea Party and Coffee: Learn all About Everyone’s favorite drink!
Author: Tadio Diller
Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Date of Publication: 19 October 2017
Those who’ve already read Diller’s Afternoon Tea, Whiskey Drinks Bundle will find the first book repetitive. Inspired by the English afternoon tea, Diller presents the proven steps and strategies for hosting a proper afternoon tea service just like they do on Downtown Abbey. Afternoon tea is supposed to prevent lethargy, making people work more efficiently. It was first done because a noble woman felt too tired in the middle of the afternoon only to find out that it was because of not having consumed anything for a long time after breakfast. But the ritual made its way and has found its place in daily living. The book explains the difference between high tea and low tea. Amidst the thousand types of teas available it is important to choose the kind of tea. Diller elaborates on the various types such as Earl Grey tea, Assam tea, Ceylon tea, Gunpowder Green Tea, Lapsang Souchong and Darjeeling tea along with their ideal steeping times. Complementary recipes that go with the tea are quintessential to good tea parties such as sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, buns, biscuits, and cookies. The book provides a list of the ingredients along with the recipes in a cookbook format. Next comes the dos and don’ts of how and where to serve it. Choosing the right tea set depends on how many guests one will host, their budget, ease of care and maintenance. The materials used to make the tea set include glass, ceramic, porcelain or silver. The chapter on proper etiquette of conducting oneself during tea on Downton Abbey is of utmost importance and highlights oft made mistakes by newbies with regards to tea stirring and dressing up for the tea party.
If you have queries whether the milk should be poured in first or the tea or need information regarding the options available for those who like their tea black then this handy guide is your one stop destination to find out everything for serving the best brewed tea at your next in house tête-à-tête. This short and useful guide asks the reader to go and fetch all the ingredients and keep consulting the book as often as required till their tea tastes nothing less than perfect.
The guide provides valuable information about making coffee including how to brew the best cup of coffee or at least similar to the ones they make at some of the best coffee houses. This is a pocket friendly guide and great for the pocket. Though people take their morning coffee for granted but years ago wars were fought for the sole purpose of obtaining coffee plants.
Legend has it that a mystic from Yemen named Al Shadhili discovered coffee while travelling through Ethiopia. Another legend states the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian herder named Kaldi. It was only in the 1600s that the Dutch East India Company came to import coffee to Europe. The book emphasizes on some fascinating historical facts about the reasons for people’s interest in preferring coffee or tea. Along with illustrations the book delineates the differences between Arabica and Robusta types of coffee beans based on color, texture and taste. The taste also alters depending upon the extent of roasting or whether it is caffeinated or decaffeinated.
Choosing the right coffee becomes as essential as picking the right tools to make the coffee. The kinds of grinders, presses and timers available is highly informative. However, nothing is as important as percolation and maceration levels of the beans. Along with some indispensable dos and don’ts the guide also provides important steps of storing, brewing and serving the coffee. The book is very short and extremely easy to read. It barely takes fifteen minutes to go through the entire book.
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