Russian Teapot Samovar
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Tradition meets modern style and simplicity. Simplify tea making with the RAYA Home Electric Glass Tea Maker..The large glass body serves as a electric kettle, you can boil water in. The glass teapot, comes with an infuser allowing you to brew the perfect tea. When you first add water, and turn on the machine, the system will immediately start to boil the water. Depending on how much water you have in your tea maker, it can take 5-18 minutes to fully boil. 18 minutes is the duration if the tea maker is filled to capacity at 4.5 liters. The tea maker will beep 3 times to notify you that the water is now boiled and ready to be consumed. The samovar has a stay warm function that keeps water hot at 80 degrees. If the temperature falls below that, the system will go back into boil mode. Temperature drop typically happens if you add more water. It is imperative to only use filtered water with this samovar to ensure no mineral build up occurs. Some filtered water does not remove all hard water components, so you may see a "white" build up from your water. To remove those, we recommend washing your unit every 2 weeks with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water, bring to a boil a few times and then rinse out. This should remove all hard water build up. Again, this is only necessary, if you see a white film build up on the base. This is purely due to the quality of water used, and has nothing to do with the system. Regular samovar users, are familiar with this. You will find the same issue you in your regular water kettle.
For many Russians, the word samovar is strongly associated with the history of their country and with the simple, common folk that have been the backbone of the nation throughout its history - from its darkest moments of sorrowful horror, to its greatest moments of triumphant happiness. Throughout the land, in the summer, families brought out their samovars into the yards and every family member gathered around them, drinking tea with different jams and cookies, and talking about the news of the past day. For everyone around, the brewing of the samovar tea was considered a very important ritual in this event.
Any Russian's best friend. No, not a person, but in the past that's how the Russians treated their samovar.
Our continental cousins have never mastered the art of the tea ceremony. Some of them still offer a cup of warm water with a limp teabag on the side. The water must be added to the tea, not vice-versa. And here's the tricky bit - the water must be boiling when added to the tea. That's a major difference between tea and coffee. For coffee, water should be hot, but not boiling, because it scalds the coffee detrimentally. For tea, water must always be boiling - and not just-boiled. At the point of meeting the tea: boiling. The folks who devised the Hadron Collider still haven't grasped that essential element of tea technology. I was once instructed in how to make tea by Mr Sam Twining, whose family has been associated with importing tea for yonks. First, he drew attention to the teapot. A teapot should either be (a) fine bone china (b) silver or (c) aluminium. A teapot, by the way, should never be put into a dishwasher for cleaning: the tannin that it accumulates should be gently wiped off with warm water, by hand, and no chemicals should be involved. Before making tea, the teapot should be rinsed with hot water, then the tea placed in the teapot, then add the boiling water. If using loose tea leaves (always favoured by the tea connoisseur), it's usually a spoon for each person and one for the pot. The teapot should then stand - to allow the tea to infuse - for two-and-a-half minutes before the tea is poured. A word about loose tea: it does provide a superior taste, but most people find tea leaves too much of a bother. I think we have to concede that the teabag has won the battle for convenience. Top-quality teabags have improved in recent years, although the tea expert still regards them with suspicion, and sometimes with contempt. They'll tell you teabags are often just the sweepings of tea. I have accepted the teabag: yes, old tea leaves are a nuisance. Nuns would once clean the corridors of convents with used tea leaves, but as there are neither nuns nor convent corridors anymore, this recycling is no longer apt. However, I think the teapot is essential for brewing a decent cup of tea. As mentioned, tea needs to infuse. A mug is fine for drinking tea - but it should be bone china (advised Mr Twining). There's also the controversial question of whether milk should be poured into the cup first. Mr Twining taught that tea should be poured first, because that gauges the consistency of the beverage, and milk (or lemon, according to taste) subsequently added. I personally prefer milk in first, which Nancy Mitford, that arbiter of what was posh and what wasn't, considered "common". She even had an acronym for those she considered common - "MIFs" - Milk In First people. Originally, a coating of milk prevented your bone china teacup from cracking. As to tea flavours: Darjeeling for a delicate Indian tea. It's great to see the spread of herbal teas - peppermint (a fine digestive after a meal), chamomile (soothing) and nettle. Green tea is also gaining popularity. These are caffeine free, so they don't provide the pick-me-up element of the true cup of tea, but they all have a place. A herbal tea doesn't need a teapot - it can be a teabag in a mug - yet even herbal tea is improved by serving from a teapot. The decline of the teapot, as a matter of general use, is undoubtedly a metaphor of the decline of the collective experience and the rise of individualism. The "Brown Betty" teapot was a symbol of families sitting around together, sharing a pot of tea - the pot itself was also a symbol of hospitality, like the Russian samovar, which stood sentinel to welcoming the stranger. The individual teabag in a mug, by contrast, represents individual choice: "I do my own thing. Well, we certainly drink tea by the gallon. COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The "Brown Betty" teapot was a symbol of families sitting around together, sharing a pot of tea - the pot itself was also a symbol of hospitality, like the Russian samovar, which stood sentinel to welcoming the stranger. The individual teabag in a mug
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