Hotel Notes by Mary Gostelow
Simplicity of providing in-room hot beverages can be achieved with one machine, namely a capsule coffee maker that allows merely boiling water to come out. But, especially for tea aficionados, when it comes to cups it is not a case of ‘one size fits all’. Handle-less cups, say one of the Nespresso ranges, are fine for a variety of coffees, but not for western tea. The ideal is to have choice for coffee drinkers, namely paper cups, tall mugs, and small espresso cups. For tea drinkers, offer suitable vessels for oriental teas, plus hemispherical or inverted-cone cups for western tea. The photo, taken by the private pool of Villa 13, shows one of the presentations of Mandarin Oriental Sanya, China. The tray is easy to hold. Unmarked ceramic cups and saucers are complemented by a painted cast-iron tea pot with an inset strainer.
By the way, on the subject of tea, here is an insight that might be useful for hoteliers wanting to attract, or already hosting, Chinese guests. Yes, they want 24/7 access to green tea but when it comes to the beverage that goes with that increasingly popular, worldwide, meal, ‘afternoon tea’, they prefer to drink western style, say English Breakfast or Earl Grey.
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