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Tea finally making a stir in America - Times Online

While expats have been able to buy PG Tips for years in New York from a handful of twee specialist English food stores, ordinary supermarkets will now stock Britain's biggest selling tea brand across America

The problem remains is that my dear American friends are only trusted with wussy 110 v electricity. A hamster in a wheel could boil a kettle faster. Even here the coffee supping Europeans have weakened our jolt juice from a proper 240 v to an armflapping metrosexual 220 v. Without a proper amount of umph in your socket the water only simmers, you need a full James Wattian rolling boil, the water spitting and hissing as it is poured over the precious tea leaves. So I am afraid the Septics are going to be disappointed again as they wave a bag about in water that isn't hot enough to bathe in. Just don't go chucking it all in the harbour again, please.

Comments

This reads like my mothers morning refrain to my American family!

Englishman your point of pride is that houses are wired for 240V? Really?

Oh! how the mighty have fallen.

Might one suggest an old fashioned whistling kettle? Makes water hot enough for good tea anywhere within 1000ft of sea level.

Whoa, 110v not enuff to boil water suitable for tea?
Don't know about that. My very Brit wife had no problems in USA with her tea, and I can't see the difference and don't notice the water boiling slower either. In any event, crappy tea like Lipton is only good iced but PG Tips, which we've always been able to get in Calif. is fine with any voltage. But it should never be ordered in an American restaurant I agree.

Errm, no, sorry. What determines how fast the water boils is power output from the element, and how efficiently it is coupled to the water. P = V I. Halve the voltage and double the current and you have the same power consumption. The cord of an electric kettle gets discernibly warmer under 110V supply than 240, but the water boils all the same, and in the same time. What can be a factor is element design itself. Those 'hidden element' kettles do a much better job than the ones with a visble element in the bottom, probably because they set up a more robust convection pattern in the kettle.

TE - The 240 vs 110 v is a bit tongue in cheek but if you look on amazon.co.uk you have a choice of nine 3kw kettles, whereas on amazon.com the highest I can find is 1.5kw. More power, quicker to the boil.

Unless I missed out in class ...
isn't boiling water the same, no matter what
voltage it took to get it to 212 degrees?
Perhaps there's an English Fahrenheit correction ....

I can see the problem straight away: you're using bleedin' teabags!
Go & buy yourself some proper tea, a small teapot (Co-op £2.99) & DO IT RIGHT!
(Wanders off shaking his head & muttering about falling standards, even amongst true Englishmen......)

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