Teasmaid as sick of having no one to treat me to a cuppa in bed

(48 Posts)
RitaFajita Sat 31-Aug-13 08:59:55

After having yet another rubbish nights sleep and wishing I had an other half to treat me to an occasional cuppa in bed....I've decided to look into the idea of buying a teas maid! Probably makes me sound a right saddo!

Not sure if they still exist?
But would be so nice to wake up to a cup of tea especially with winter coming.
Anyone else have one? Any other tips for pampering ourselves a bit? Seeing as we have no one else to help us?

Happypiglet Sat 31-Aug-13 09:01:47

Ooo watching with interest have fancied a teas maid for ages!

RawCoconutMacaroon Sat 31-Aug-13 09:07:51

Not single but we love our morning coffee. We have had coffee "teas maid" in bedroom, it worked well but Tbh it was a bit of a faff to fill, clean etc especially as the main bedroom is on the same level as the kitchen. But great from the pov that it was right there at arms length! That was only 3 or 4 years ago so probably still available.

Now we just have a large coffee pot in the kitchen on a timer - pretty sure the same kind of thing will be available for tea.

MoreThanWords Sat 31-Aug-13 09:21:27

Lakeland do a one cuppa kind of thing.

There is still the original Teasmaid but the reviews all mention the light on it being a pain as its too bright in a dark room.

BoffinMum Sat 31-Aug-13 09:25:22

We have one, from John Lewis, and it's brilliant!!

Takver Sat 31-Aug-13 09:25:48

My parents had one for years, it died, then they bought one of the new style ones. After going through I think three which went back to the shop because of faults (the final one caught fire!) they gave up.

Instead they now have a bedside tray with a little travel kettle, two mugs with teabags in and a jug of milk plus an alarm clock - when the alarm goes off then they can just click the start on the kettle! Cheaper and foolproof . . .

mammadiggingdeep Sat 31-Aug-13 09:38:44

I have a gourmet tea maker....bit like a posh teasmaid. It's brilliant. Ex bought it for me years ago....cones on handy now on my own smile wake up to a cuppa every morning. And it doesn't answer back smile xx

GetStuffezd Sat 31-Aug-13 09:40:56

I have a coffee maker on my bedside table. It's timed to turn on five minutes before my alarm. I couldn't give a toss if it's sad - it works for me!

RitaFajita Sat 31-Aug-13 09:44:09

Thanks all will start off looking at Lakeland and John Lewis.

A travel kettle sounds like a great idea too especially if some brands could be a fire hazard!

Glad no one laughed at my idea!!

RitaFajita Sat 31-Aug-13 09:46:47

Mammadiggindeep that made me laugh. Machines are definitely the way forward!!

27cats Sat 31-Aug-13 16:40:17

I think it's a great idea too and one I've thought about too. But doesn't the milk go a bit yukky overnight? Or will a few hours out of fridge be ok? Sorry if that's a silly question.

RitaFajita Sat 31-Aug-13 16:58:24

27cats not a silly question. Maybe a picnic ice block from freezer although seems a faff.Are the little milk tubs you get with hot drink sometimes long life does anyone know?

BoffinMum Sat 31-Aug-13 17:02:18

Stick milk in a jug on windowsill and it will be fine.

LegArmpits Sat 31-Aug-13 17:04:15

We got an old one on eBay, tis ace! Hint - plastic ice cubes in a flask to keep the milk cool.

Fairypants Sat 31-Aug-13 17:05:23

We had one for years then DH dropped the pot and we never got round to replacing it.
I found the milk a problem. You can get long life tubs of milk but I struggled to find them. Thinking about t now though, you could probably get huge boxes of them from ebay or amazon.
Ours was the original swan one and the alarm went off when the tea was ready. Fab

BigFatCushion Sat 31-Aug-13 17:12:13

It was one of the first things I bought when I became a LP. It was ace. I also bought little packs of milk from amazon. Like a hotel!

It was such a nice thing to have. Felt really positive. It was a breville hot cup I think.

I moved in with DP 6 months ago and has never been used again (not boasting).

HerrenaHarridan Sat 31-Aug-13 17:37:58

Pre dc me and ex had a coffee machine and George foreman on the same extension cable with a timer plug.

It was fucking brilliant (and my genius idea!)

RitaFajita Sat 31-Aug-13 19:08:58

Omg waking up to coffee and bacon?? That's taking things to another level smile

newboo Sat 31-Aug-13 21:07:06

I love this idea- THANKYOU!

runs out to shops

HerrenaHarridan Sun 01-Sep-13 10:00:15


It was far and away the best idea I have ever had smile

Now in wondering why I haven't recreated it as a lone parent *duh

Takver Sun 01-Sep-13 11:25:25

Unless your bedroom is a lot hotter than ours I wouldn't think milk out overnight in a covered jug would be a problem in anything other than the height of summer!

RussianBlu Sun 01-Sep-13 22:14:59

Sounds nice, but how can you drink tea without brushing your teeth first??? Or do you run to the bathroom then run back to bed and drink your tea?

UseHerName Sun 01-Sep-13 22:26:59

i'd love one! buuutttt i heard.they have a chemically taste now and the water isn't hot enough for the tea to brew properly so i was a bit put off.....

RitaFajita Mon 02-Sep-13 08:54:22

I often have a cup of tea after I get up before brushing my teeth.... funny taste from toothpaste otherwise. Might just be me.

Chemical taste sounds off putting although the drinks from the drinks machine at work aren't great but I drink them!

Saw flasks in Tescos yesterday that said keep drinks hot for 12 hours.... cheaper option but probably would end up with a half cold drink?

TwoStepsBeyond Mon 02-Sep-13 10:10:56

Little kettle sounds like the best plan to me <toddles of to look at Argos kettle range>

You can get the little pots of milk from Costco too, if you know someone who's a member get them to pick up a box for you. Otherwise just stand the jug of milk on/under an ice pack and I'm sure it will keep cool until morning (you could put it into an insulated lunch box too).

TwoStepsBeyond Mon 02-Sep-13 10:11:17

off grrr!

RitaFajita Mon 02-Sep-13 15:06:47

Just bought a travel kettle from sainsburys and some coffee sachets with milk included for now smile) roll on tomorrow morning

ImpulsePineapple Mon 02-Sep-13 15:16:39

I'm a LP and I have a teasmade and it is WONDERFUL smile

mammadiggingdeep Tue 03-Sep-13 13:49:21

Rita....how was ur coffee this morn?? smile

RitaFajita Tue 03-Sep-13 15:20:23

Was brilliant thanks a real treat!

ProtectiveMother Tue 03-Sep-13 16:54:58


Thanks all. This weekend I am going to make one of my amazing cappuccinos and put it in a travel cup or actually probably thermos flask. I don't care if its not piping hot once it tastes nice and there's caffeine in it. Thanks for the idea above poster :-D

ProtectiveMother Tue 03-Sep-13 16:56:31

This weekend? I think I'll have one in bed tomorrow nmorning! You are a genius with this thermos idea!

SleepyFish Tue 03-Sep-13 17:46:01

A flask! Why have I not thought of that. LP also and the not getting a cuppa in bed is the only downside for me, especially when I'm ill. Have had awful flu bug and chest infection this last week and have been dreaming about someone bringing me hot drinks in bed. Not sure I'd actually get to drink them in bed mind as ds is my very early alarm clock!
I am inspired by this thread and feeling just a tad dim for not thinking of it myself.

RitaFajita Tue 03-Sep-13 20:40:06

Protective mother hope you enjoy your cuppa tomorrow it feels like a treat!

Sleepyfish you too and hope you get well soon. Glad I posted this now!

ProtectiveMother Wed 04-Sep-13 11:31:06

Em... I was too tired last night going t bed to make a cappuccino for myself! Maybe if I made it at dinner time...

TwoStepsBeyond Wed 04-Sep-13 17:37:51

My kitchen kettle has just packed in - I'm torn between buying one nice new one for the kitchen or 2 value ones so I can have one in the bedroom too!

ProtectiveMother Thu 05-Sep-13 10:02:33

Never buy value kettles lol.

Well I had my coffee in Tesco thermos mug this morning. Colder than room temperature so an 'iced' coffee if you will but it did still have caffeine in it so it wasn't too bad. Wanted to try out the mug first but didnt really expect it to work :-)

Tonight it's the proper thermos flask.

RitaFajita Thu 05-Sep-13 16:43:12

ProtectiveMother - hope you get warmer coffee tomorrow. 'Iced' coffee is def better than no coffee though!

TwoStepsBeyond - I used to buy nice kettles... but my current kitchen one is value and it does the job and my travel kettle is worth every penny!

ProtectiveMother Sat 07-Sep-13 21:12:26

I am a convert. 2 mornings of quite hot (at least very warm lol) coffee in my bed. My thermos is bright red so I can see it on my bedside table in my bleary eyed state ;-)

YourHandInMyHand Sat 07-Sep-13 21:19:04

This is a fab idea, I may have to join in!

Is no one else cringing at having a travel kettle in their bedroom with kids about?? I have a huge skin graft scar from knocking a kettle as a child. Maybe if you have teens but even my 8 year old I wouldn't trust to have a kettle in my room.:-/ I am aware I am uber cautious though due to my scars.

May have to look at teasmaids, I find thermos flasks taste weird after a while, I used to have a couple for days out and binned them in the end.

RitaFajita Sun 08-Sep-13 10:45:31

Yay to red flasks and hot coffee.

We do of course need to be careful about safety with kettles and the same would apply I think with teasmades.

Here's to that little bit of pampering because we're worth it - cheers smile

ProtectiveMother Sun 08-Sep-13 10:50:31

My flask doesn't taste funny :-D

YourHandInMyHand Sun 08-Sep-13 11:11:51

ProtectiveMother maybe I need to treat myself to a new one, I do love a good cuppa! grin

My birthday is coming up so I think a teasmaid or flask would be a nice way to treat myself. Like you say Rita we are worth it.

ProtectiveMother Mon 09-Sep-13 21:15:29

I just got my flask in TKMaxx for £7 or something. So nice! Thanks for this thread. My mornings are much more cheerful.

RitaFajita Tue 10-Sep-13 06:21:30

Good am glad. Nice to think of us all having that first cuppa. Having mine now and sooo don't want to get up but enjoying every sip meanwhile!

IceRocket Tue 10-Sep-13 22:05:32

I have been looking at buying a teasmade as well. I've only recently split with partner and when we were together I was constantly disappointed as he never ever made me a cuppa in the morning, although he would quite happily drink the one I brought him every day. So I'll be reading this for recommendations.

Simbolic Wed 18-Sep-13 18:51:44

I keep a little travel kettle in my room & a jar of coffee on a tray.
I use the mug to put the right amount of water in the kettle the night before & have a small flask I keep the milk in which keeps it cold & free from dust/flies etc..
That way I can make a nice big mug of coffee, not the little cups they seem to have on the machines & I can use any cup I want.
As there is only hot water in the kettle when I'm sat beside it boiling it to make my drink it's no problem & I have a remote to switch the socket off when I'm not using it.
I can easily bring the cup, spoon & flask etc.. down on the tray to wash it up with the other stuff & then I bring it up at night on my way to bed.

Last mothers day, for a change I brought up pain au chocolat in an airtight container & an extra flask with chilled fruit juice too.
Worked really well.

When I'm ill, I use the kettle for stuff like lemsips or cup a soups without dragging myself out of bed so it comes in really handy.

On winter nights I break out the instant hot chocolate or Malted drink & watch something like Miracle on 34th Street curled up in bed rather than having the heating on high after my son has gone to bed & if it gets cold enough I'll use it for hot water bottles without having to go downstairs.
Not every night, but quite a lot of them - means I get a good long nights sleep as well as I'll drop off if I'm tired which I wouldn't do downstairs.

My gas bill dropped by about a quarter in the cold months since I started doing that.

Added bonus is, when the (wildly overpriced) kettle in the kitchen breaks the day after the guarantee expires, the trusty little cheap travel kettle can fill in for it until I get a new (wildly overpriced) kitchen kettle.

If I ever go on holiday, I might bring it too and finally use the teeny plastic cups that came with it.

RitaFajita Wed 18-Sep-13 20:36:30

Simbolic that's a great post, has given me lots of ideas thanks.

I've been using my travel kettle just for coffee in the mornings so far, I've been using kenko sachets which also contain milk.

Love the lemsips and cup a soup idea ooh and will be great for warm ribena! Maybe pot noodles too at a push!

Lidils do some nice chocolate filled croissants that are individually wrapped. Five for 99p I think, I have some of my them in my bedside cabinet too!!

I do sometimes go to bed with a book and hot water bottle to save having the heating on. Don't have a telly in my bedroom but a DVD on the laptop or IPlayer sounds like a great idea.

Almost lost looking forward to winter now!

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