It’s strange that the French can’t make tea when they claim the gastronomic high ground in other areas (although I much prefer Italian cooking). Tea making in England was a ritual but the invention of the tea bag did away with much of that and as long as the tea has time to brew in pot or mug I defy anyone to tell the difference. I, until recently, had a morning coffee routine where I ground the beans and poured slightly less than boiling water over the grounds in a caffetiere. Since I spotted Taylor’s of Harrogate coffee bags in assorted strengths the ritual has gone out of the window and the brew is simpler to prepare, no loose grounds to flush away and the flavour, with the coffee out of a sealed packet, is indistinguishable from freshly ground. The easy life for me in future.