Calliope residents Keith and Heather Jensen enjoy a cuppa together.
Calliope residents Keith and Heather Jensen enjoy a cuppa together. Brenda Strong

Put the kettle on

IT’S the second most consumed beverage in the world.

As popular as it may be the humble old cup of tea is about to become even more important with calls for people across Queensland to share their favourite tea stories and memories.

The State Library of Queensland is inviting individuals and communities to delve into their cabinets and memories for their favourite tea cups and tea stories to contribute to Tea & Me.

Tea & Me is a quirky new project seeking to capture Queensland’s tea-related memories.

Selected tea cups and stories will be displayed on a special Tea & Me website, and selected cups that have been donated will be displayed on the Queensland Terrace at the State Library.

Tea & Me marketing project officer Jess Thompson is encouraging people to go to the Tea & Me Facebook page.

At the Facebook page tea enthusiasts can upload a picture of their special tea cup, tell their tea story or to just say why they love a cuppa.

Ms Thompson said the project was officially launched at the end of May with Governor Penelope Wensley AC giving a lovely speech and confessing her love of a cuppa.

She said the collection phase was until August 31 with the launch of the website and collection to take place in October.

“We are keen to have a solid representation from all across Queensland, and of course Gladstone,” Ms Thompson said.

And she might just be in luck with many locals proving quite fond of tipping their tea cups and enjoying a relaxing hot brew.

Calliope resident Keith Jensen, 67, has been an avid tea drinker for about 50 years.

When at home, Mr Jensen enjoys up to six cups of tea each day.

And he’s not that fussy when it comes to how its made, drinking both tea made in a teapot with tea leaves or the more convenient method of using a tea bag.

Mr Jensen’s wife Heather, who admits to drinking the occasional cup of tea, said her husband drank black tea with at least two sugars.

“When he makes a flask up it’s from the teapot,” Mrs Jensen said.

“Keith has his tea and toast every morning come rain, hail or shine.”

Mrs Jensen said she had no secrets when it came to brewing a pot of tea and had used both a ceramic and aluminium tea pot, admitting it all tasted the same.

Yet there is one must-have when it comes to her husband’s tea habit and that’s his favourite cup.

It seems that Mr Jensen drinks his tea in only one cup – a ceramic mug which was given to him as a gift from the kids next door about eight years ago.

“His cup is well seasoned,” Mrs Jensen said.

“I get into strife when I clean it.

“He uses it for tea and coffee and just rinses it out.”

To share your favourite tea memory, story or pictures visit www.facebook.com/teaandme, email heritage@slq.qld.gov.au or phone 3840 7879.

TEA FAST FACTS

  • Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, playing second fiddle only to water.
  • History suggests tea has been a warm beverage companion to man for more than 5000 years.
  • All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis.
  • There are four main types of tea - white, green, oolong and black.
  • What determines a type of tea’s colour is the processing the newly picked leaves undergo before they reach your cup.
  • To get the most flavour and benefits out of tea it is recommended you brew it by using whole loose leaves instead of tea bags.
  • A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee.
  • The Irish consume more tea per capita than any other group in the world.
  • The tea bag was invented in the early 20th century by a tea merchant named Thomas Sullivan.
  • Don’t throw old tea out; instead try putting it in the refrigerator to help absorb odours, or use in your garden as fertiliser.

TEA HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Tea has many powerful antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins in it.
  • It promotes a healthier immune system and can help ward off infection.
  • Is good for the heart by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Can increase thermogenesis which may help aid in natural weight loss.
  • Tea can help abate your appetite.
  • Promotes younger looking skin by destroying free radicals.
  • Shows evidence of preventing and destroying certain tumours and cancer cells.
  • Can even help reduce the build up of bacteria-causing plaque and lead to a brighter smile.
  • It is recommended to drink at least three or more cups of tea a day to maintain the most benefits.
  • Although many tea facts point to white and green teas as being the healthiest, a cup of black or oolong tea proves may be just as beneficial.


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