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Most of us love a cup of tea in the afternoon, especially after lunch. It helps us rekindle our flagging spirits and invigorate the soul. But have you ever had proper afternoon tea? And we say proper, we mean have you ever had afternoon tea how the Ritz does it? Silverware, cup cakes, a floral table cloth and bone china cups!

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Right from the start tea has been a right royal affair. King Charles the Second’s wife, Catherine, is thought to have made it fashionable to sip tea in the mid 1600s although it came to Britain before then. And that may have helped reduce the consumption of ale, which was already taxed quite heavily, and lead to the tax on tea, or more precisely, to the tax on the coffee houses that sold it.

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So we’re all busy bees drinking coffee but do any of us actually know where it comes from? And no, the answer to that question is not the kettle or the vending machine. We mean, how does it go from bean to being in your mug? Who grows it and where is it grown?

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So it’s time for a coffee break! Hooray! All you have to do now is figure out who’s round it is and get them on the case. No problem there, flip a coin, refer to the rota on the wall or entice someone with the offer of first choice of the biscuits.

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Look what caught our eye! The sledge coffee table and the Abyss coffee table. And WOW, just look at the price tag! That’s expensive. But then again, art is meant to be expensive isn’t it? And why shouldn’t a coffee table be a work of art? Aren’t we all bored of going to IKEA and struggling to fit a flatpack table together and crying out in frustration when we get to the end and find a spare screw or wooden peg?