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I suspect that more than a few of you may have a Flavia machine in your employer's offices and this was the case with me in a previous employment. One of the things I liked about the place is that they had a decent machine that produced palatable drinks and they were all free! I was really surprised with the authentic flavour of the drinks and, being primarily a coffee drinker, I whizzed through the available options and appreciated them all. Then one day I spotted a mid-range Flavia machine on eBay with a large supply of sachets so decided to bid for it....and won the auction. £62 for a nearly new machine and about 700 individual sachets of a variety of drinks. Bargain! I like the concept of this machine. It is especially useful if, as is the case with us, only one of you drinks coffee as it can be a bit of a pain to go through the rigmarole of putting the filter machine on for one. In addition to a decent range of coffees, there were also some tea sachets included such as the one under review - Earl Grey. I was a little dubious about using the Flavia machine for tea, as tea generally takes a little time to infuse and the way the machine operates doesn't appear to give the water enough time in contact with the tea. However, I was pleased to note that, for machine made tea it wasn't too bad. Of course with Earl Grey, what people like or dislike is the very distinctive taste and smell of Bergamot. With this tea, the smell and taste is there but it isn't as strong as with some Earl Greys I have tasted and this suits me. I am still a little dubious about whether the method is appropriate for tea making. Basically, you put your little sachet into the machine and close the door, The action of closing the drawer operates the machine and water is forced through a little valve at the top of the sachet and is forced through the sachet until such time as the pressure within breaks the seal at the bottom and the tea or coffee comes out at the bottom - into your cup if you have remembered to put one there!. The machine then gives the bag a little squeeze and you can open the drawer and remove and dispose of the spent sachet. This latter process is automatic with the larger office machines. Flavia Earl Grey suffers rather by not giving the drinker a chance to influence the strength of the brew by leaving the bag in longer. It's a one drink fits all option. For me, it's OK, as I like my Earl Grey to be pleasantly fragrant and not too Bergamotty! If you like your brew strong, this isn't for you. I'll deduct one dooyoo star for this lack of flexibility.
We have a flavia machine in my office, and we usually just have the same old tea and coffee available, I was so excited when someone decided to order earl grey for a change. I don't drink a huge amount of tea and coffee maybe one cup a day, as I'm not a huge fan of caffeine but I have had a few of these now and find them very refreshing. Earl grey is a very fragrant tea as it has bergamot added to it. So even before you drink this you can smell it, and it's wonderful. This particular earl grey isn't as strong as others I have had, but you can tell what it is as soon as it starts coming out of the machine. The taste of the tea, is actually quite weak, I would like it a bit stronger, and adding milk to this doesn't really do it justice. I do like this tea though, and a few people in the office now favour this over the regular tea. You can definitely taste the tea and the extra hint of bergamot, but it's not overpowering, I actually would say it smells better than it tastes, but it still tastes good, and makes a nice change from regular tea. You have to have a flavia machine in order to use this product, so I imagine this review isn't that helpful to anyone without a machine, but for those who have one, I would definitely suggest trying this out. It's not the best quality earl grey but is better than normal tea in my opinion.
Brand: Flavia / / Type: Tea Bags