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5 Epic Mug Fails

Sometimes a freak incident during manufacturing causes products to come out a little differently than they’re supposed to and sometimes manufacturers just get it plain wrong.

Whatever the cause of these fails, we can’t help but think that maybe someone should have checked the products just one last time…

Well, this seems a little hard to handle.

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We reckon Batman has something to say about this...

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Correct diagram for coffee? Check. Mug the right way up? Whoops.

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    Hmmm, we're not too sure this nail polish marble trick works.

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      You know what they say: "looks can be deceiving"

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        So what about you? Have you seen any mug fails better than these? Send them to us over Facebook & Twitter.

        Published on: Sep 15, 2017

        How to get the best from your Vektra kettle

        We all want to get the best we can out of our products, whether that means taking a little extra time to do something or following certain steps down to a T.

        Here we take a look at the best way to improve the performance and longevity of your Vektra kettle as you take on a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

        how to care for your Vektra kettle

        1. Never fill your kettle past the maximum mark

        There’s a metal maximum marker located in the kettle for a reason! When the water inside reaches boiling point it starts to bubble and slosh around which can cause most kettles to overflow. Although this hasn’t been found to happen with a Vektra, thanks to the anti-spill lid, it does still mean that there is less space for the water to travel. Long story short - treat your kettle with kindness and respect!

        2. Fill the kettle to just below the maximum mark for water later in the day

        We’ve just mentioned never to overfill your kettle, however, to maximise usage you should fill it to just under the marker for more cups in over an hours’ time. As our kettle also acts as a flask/carafe, the vacuum element to it keeps your water hot for up to 4 hours. This means that if you know that you’ll be wanting another drink in the next few hours, you might as well fill it up with another cup worth to keep you going in that time without having to re-boil.

        3. Carry your kettle with you to a different room

        If you’re planning a tea party that WON’T be taking place in the kitchen, there’s no reason why you can’t take your kettle with you after boiling. The cool touch body and vacuum element to this kettle means that your water will stay hot as you chat and no-one (including children) will burn themselves on it as it stands proud on the coffee table.

        4. Don’t forget to descale your kettle if there is a limescale build-up

        Like any kettle, the Vektra can build-up on limescale if left too long without cleaning and clearing. Even though limescale isn’t bad for you (it’s a build-up of calcium) it can be detrimental to your kettle and wallet. This is because a kettle with too much limescale takes longer to heat, therefore, more energy and effort is used for your kettle to get your water to boiling point. To learn how to clean your kettle naturally, read our ‘The eco-friendly way to descale your kettle’ article.

        5. Treat your kettle with care

        It goes without saying but treat your kettle with the utmost care and respect. You wouldn’t drop your phone or bang it about and you certainly wouldn’t put anything on or in it that shouldn’t be there so why treat your kettle any differently? It’s a mystery to us why some people pour liquid other than water into their kettles but, as they say, who are we to judge?

        Are you using your Vektra efficiently or are you finding that you’re underutilising it?

        Published on: Sep 08, 2017

        The Great Milk Debate... Debated

        This is a debate that has caused many a controversy. From the ‘helpful’ work colleague who adds that dash of milk as you wait for the kettle to boil to the ‘close’ relative that has the kettle hanging over the teacup before you have time to shout “MILK.”

        The debate is a furious one.

        However, the most infuriating of it all is hearing all of the different reasons why milk/water should be added to the cup first and trying to make heads and tails of them all. So, boiling water burns the tea but cold milk clogs the teabags pores? Surely these can’t both be true otherwise we’re all drinking tea wrong, right?

        Having collected all of the evidence we could muster, we’ve brought you a post dedicated to the cold, hard facts (and opinions) of proper tea making. It’s time to decide; are you PRO WATER or PRO MILK?

        PRO WATER


        This has been noted as being the most popular method of making tea with 72% of Mirror readers admitting that they prefer the milk to be added last. The optimal way to make tea this way is to pour fresh from the boil water over the teabag (and sugar if needed) and to leave to brew for around 2-4 minutes before pouring a dash of milk in.

        • It’s easier to judge the strength of your tea by adding water first & milk last.
        • Adding milk first reduces the temperature of the water meaning that the tea will not steep to its fullest potential.
        • Milk forms a film over the teabag when added first causing less flavour particles to be released.

        PRO MILK


        This means of making tea is actually the ‘authentic’ way. In the early days, milk was originally poured into the cup first due to china not being able to withstand boiling temperature. It was either add milk first or suffer a broken china teacup swimming in, what was originally, its contents.

        • Adding milk before boiling water stops the milk from heating unevenly affecting the taste and causing skin to form on the surface.
        • Milk heated quickly scalds whereas milk heated slowly develops a sweeter taste.

        We may have spent a good chunk of our time researching the facts and thoughts behind why each method works, however, there is one scientific fact that we just can’t help but to ignore during arguments of this kind and that is that everyone has different tastes. Just like some people prefer rap music and others prefer rock, tea is based on preference.

        What we mean by that is, you’ve all been brewing your tea right from the beginning!

        Which team are you on? PRO WATER or PRO MILK?

        Published on: Aug 25, 2017

        The Best Twining's Herbal & Fruity Teas

        There are so many different types and flavours of tea these days that it can be hard to decide on which ones to try and which ones to buy. That's why we, at Vektra, have put together our top five herbal and fruit teas from Twinings that you'll find us sipping on in the workplace.

        Nettle & Peppermint – Peppermint tea is a staple in our office, someone always has a teabag hidden away in their desk drawer, and we’ve found that this particular flavour packs the biggest, richest punch.

        Good Points: Strong, full peppermint taste. Mint tea aids with digestion.

        Cherry & Cinnamon – This fruity tea was made for a cold, wet wintery day with its rich & subtle flavour. Expect strong notes of cherry with a little cinnamon spice aftertaste to follow. It’s a relaxing infusion.

        Good Points: Good, strong taste. Deep red colour. Yankee Candle cherry scent.

        Pineapple & Grapefruit – This yellow tea offers an exotic taste and aroma. The pineapple is more prevalent in this tea compared to the grapefruit but they do work very well together. The overall taste is very light and smooth.

        Good Points: Only 2 calories per cup. A light, fun & fruity drink.

        Fudge Melts – This tea is perfect for those that aren’t usually a fan of Green Tea as the sweet, creamy fudge taste masks the usually bitter edge that so many non-green drinkers dislike. Plus it smells like heaven in a cup.

        Good Points: Smells divine. Great choice for non-Green Tea drinkers.

        Lemon and Honey – This tea is like marmite. Those that like it, love it. Those that hate it, despise it with a passion. We know what you’re thinking, why add it to the list if it causes such controversy between work mates? The answer, simply put, is that the flavour is there. You just have to like the taste of Lemon Lemsip to appreciate it!

        Good Points: Helps soothe a sore throat. Light, sweet flavour.

        Have any recommendations? Tweet us with which Twining’s tea you think we should try and which ones you'd advise we avoid like a scaly kettle!

        Published on: Aug 18, 2017

        The eco-friendly way to descale your kettle

        Any kettle, whether electric or not, is subject to lime-scale build up.

        This isn’t anything dangerous and limescale isn’t bad for your health, however, it can cost you money in the long run and a good brew in the short run.

        Limescale, a build-up of both calcium carbonate and magnesium from hard water, can cause your kettle to underperform. This is because the more limescale there is built-up, the more time it takes for your kettle to boil, and because of this the kettle’s longevity and efficiency can be reduced. Remember; your kettle is having to work longer and harder to boil your water in and amongst the hard, crystalline substance!

        When cleaning a lime-scaly kettle, most people believe it takes a lot of time and with the wrong tools this is true. However, the method we’re about to teach you isn’t just great for the environment but it’s great for banishing intense scrubbing that you may sometimes find yourself doing with harsh detergents.

        5 simple steps

        What you’ll find particularly great about this method of descaling is that the tools you use, you will more than likely already have in your house. What tools, you ask? Either a lemon or white vinegar will do the trick, however, we do prefer the latter as it’s less fuss.

        Simply grab the vinegar from the back of the cupboard, fill a jug with water from the tap and have your kettle lid open ready to treat your scaly kettle with the below method.

        1. Fill the kettle a quarter of the way up with white vinegar (or juice from a fresh lemon) in equal part to water. This works best if you have a jug to measure with.
        2. Leave the kettle to stand for around 1 hour – no boiling in this time!
        3. After the resting period is up, simply set the kettle to boil.
        4. Once the kettle has hit boil, pour the entirety of its contents down the sink and take a peek inside to double check for limescale. On the odd occasion that there is some, just give the inside a quick wipe and it should shift easily.
        5. After the above steps have been completed, give your kettle three quick rinses to be sure that your next cup of tea doesn’t end up vinegar infused!

        Have you tried this natural method of descaling yet?

        Published on: Aug 11, 2017


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