Having just looked at the programme for this year’s East End Film Festival, opening tomorrow 27th April, with a fantastic line-up of movies this year; I’m disappointed that I don’t have more time to watch them all! There is just too much to do this weekend, not to mention, the Royal Wedding this Friday. But my boyhood dreams of becoming a film director were briefly relived when I reflected on the similarities between directing a movie and making a cup of nice tea – my new passion!
A good cup of tea, like a movie, you needs a star actor – a great speciality leaf tea. Like most good actors you pay for the name or alternatively you can go with a lesser known actor, maybe still undiscovered but often equally as good, if not better. Take our Sikkim Temi first flush black tea for example, grown in an area neighbouring famous Darjeeling. Sikkim Temi teas, still only known among tea connoisseurs and adventurers alike, have in nearly every blind taste test we have had come up trumps when compared to the best Darjeeling. While not a cheap tea it is still much cheaper than the equivalent Darjeeling. Like premium speciality leaf teas, star actors need to be taken care of and kept in the luxury they accustomed to – keep your Chateau Rouge luxury tea in an airtight container to make sure it stays fresh and does not absorb the flavours from other spices.
Next you need a good supporting actor – in this case a good quality tea pot. Without a good supporting actor the main star will not be able to shine as brightly and by all accounts the movie may not even happen in the first place. It definitely pays to invest in a good teapot. Like a good supporting actor, although it may only really shine with one main actor or tea (in the Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea movie) it can equally be used for different teas. Just make sure it is properly cleaned and rinsed so that it does not carry the taste of one tea over to the next. It is equally important that there is the right chemistry between actors in order to bring the best out of each. So make sure that the tea pot and tea work well together. Does it filter correctly? Does it allow the tea to steep just long enough to bring the most out of the tea?
A good cup of tea needs the water at the right temperature to bring the best out of the tea leaves. Much like a movie needs a good plot and script to bring the best out of the star actor. With a bad script, even the best of actors can be made to look like amateurs, and don’t even consider an invitation to the Grammys or the possibility of walking down the red carpet. The general rule is the more produced the tea (like a specialist black tea for example) the hotter the water can be – the more experienced the actor the better he can cope with having to make it up on set and improvise. Greener teas (for example Chinese green tea) need water that is slightly cooler – left to stand for 3-4 minutes after boiling.
Continued later in the week in Part 2 – how to pull it all together and make sure your luxury tea movie is a guaranteed success when it premiers…
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