It’s a hot topic! To settle with a pleasantly warm cup of tea, or to catch a milky latte from your local barista? That, my friends, is today’s question. I could tell you that here at FlatClub, our staff has debated the question since we set up our first desk and swivel chair. And as passion has gotten the better of us, friendships have been severed and milk has been spilt!
On one hand we have England’s quintessential tea, imported from what were once the extensions of a great monarchy. Fine leaves of green, black, and earl grey have been shipped in wooden crates from as far back as the 17th century when the tea trade was as innovative and exciting to entrepreneurs as the P2P home rental business is today. Tea really became huge in the early 18th century when we Brits leveraged our resources in India (the jewel of our crown). Tea shops opened up in every corner of London and tea time became a part of any proper Brit’s schedule. Today there are still several tea shops and distributors that cling on to this symbol of our glory. You can enjoy a pot of strong tea with milk and sugar any day of the week. Twinings is perhaps the oldest standing tea company, being over 300 years old. Try a traditional cup’a’tea for yourself and see what all the rave is about.
For those who prefer a stronger kick or a more abounding flavor, coffee has hit the market hard. As London has grown, globalized, and modernized, fast-paced button-down shirts holding smartphones in one hand and cardboard cups in the other have stampeded the streets every morning between 7 and 9. We have the Italians to thank for the introduction of espresso, cappuccino, and latte into British culture. But ‘Americanos’ (from the US) and ‘flat whites’ (from Australia) are also very popular. Whether you are a caffeine fiend or a hipster, there’s a cup of coffee out there for you. But if you prefer door-to-door delivery and hand roasted coffee beans over long lines and stale cups of joe, you might want to consider Pact, a growingly popular service. To be honest, I find it hard to pick a side when my office erupts in dispute. Tea has its place in my life and so does coffee. So, I’d say you should try some of this stuff for yourself and make up your own mind.