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People who don't know how to make tea properly

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I am passionate about tea.  I love a nice cup of tea with plenty of sugar in it and not too much milk.

Where I am working at the moment there is a culture of making tea in rounds.  I instantly cringed when I realised this as this is usually the catalyst for many sub standard cups of tea.

Britain has become a nation of "that'll do".  Our lives have become so hectic that apparently some of us are too busy to eat or drink properly.  We are constantly bombarded by things designed to make our lives "easier" and "healthier" such as pre-sauced fish, "half spoon" sugar and oven "chips".  Most people who go out for a "beer" fail to see beyond the usual mundane selection of Fosters, Carling Stella or Kronenbourg.  It doesn't matter that there are hundreds of diverse and different tasting ales out there, the brain dead population insists on drinking lager because I suppose, "that'll do".  They are obviously not drinking it for the taste because it is non existent.

Making a cup of tea properly sugar fascists; people who don't have sugar and therefore begrudge you having any

So all of this finally brings me to tea.  Why do people "kindly" offer to make you a cup of tea, then insist on not making it properly?  Some people seem to think that wafting a tea bag within a foot of a cup is sufficient to produce a nice flavoursome cup of tea.  Not to mention the sugar fascists; people who don't have sugar and therefore begrudge you having any in your brew.  They say to me, how many sugars?  I say "2 heaped please" then they go off into the kitchen (usually after a lecture about how much sugar).  What comes back is usually something disgusting which I am forcing down my throat to be polite.  I don't know why I am so polite about it because I think it is the height of rudeness to offer someone a drink and then completely ignore their preferences.  They either don't give you enough sugar, or don't bother to stir it so that you have mug of completely unsweetened tea followed by a horrible syrupy sludge at the bottom; "that'll do" I suppose.  Most people don't even seem to know what a good tea is.  The ignorant masses stand there in staff kitchens at work twiddling about with their bags of Typhoo or Tetley.  You can also see the guilt on their faces as they hurriedly try and finish their "brew", without wasting too much precious company time.  I mean, they only give 5 days a week, and 8 hours a day of their lives to the business, god forbid they take the time to make a proper brew.

I hate this society we have turned into where doing anything properly has become "too difficult" to do.  Since when has it been hard to chuck some porridge and milk into a pan?  No, it must be prescribed to us by a corporation in little microwavable bags in case some of us find operating a gas hob "too difficult".  Equally, how hard is it to chuck some loose tea leaves in a pot with some hot water, wait a few minutes then pour into cups through a strainer.  Really and truthfully, how much extra labour does this create?  Try it yourself!

No more am I going to get involved with communal "tea" rounds at work.

By: Lord Tinsel


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billy bob

billy bob

Make your own tea then....
billy bob
22nd Jun 17 19:49

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English tea is best

English tea is best

Only the English know how to make a proper cup of tea. It is English after all. Don't let a foreigner make a cuppa for you whatever you do. Especially Indians or Chinese. Stick to a lovely English cup of Rosie Lee made with English water and English sugar if that is your preference. Drink it from an English mug or English cup and saucer depending on your social standing. As a final flourish your beverage should be stirred with an English spoon and enjoyed in a very English setting.
English tea is best
29th May 14 10:14

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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

3 min in the cup is probably too long? you'll end up with an extra strong cuppa lol
Dead and Buried
23rd May 14 13:02

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treecreeper

treecreeper

the optimum time is , 3 mins in the cup. for a teabag. I don't do teapots and china cups.
treecreeper
23rd May 14 11:07

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Lord Tinsel

Lord Tinsel

Thankyou Hyacinth, glad to hear you enjoy a decent brew.
Lord Tinsel
6th Jun 13 23:49

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Workingman

Workingman

well yet another posh tw*t here. u must have roast beef and yorkshire pudding everyday for dinner eh? I'm not posh. I'll just have tea. That'll do.
Workingman
15th May 13 14:37

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Fred E

Fred E

The comment at 17:23 13/5/13 was not written by the REAL Fred E
Fred E
14th May 13 00:05

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Hyacinth

Hyacinth

I agree with LT that no-one makes tea just how we like it. I have to admit, that when I'm in work I prefer to make my own. And when I take in a little teapot I almost get laughs of derision! Well, all I can say to that is...at least I end up with a blimming decent cuppa!

Many members of my family just lob a tea bag into each mug required (and you should see the colour of the insides!), and this makes me want to say "Use a teapot: you won't need so many!" At home or work, I insist on a pot, even though I live alone.
Hyacinth
11th May 13 19:54

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Mr_Grimsdale

Mr_Grimsdale

I'm trying to compose a gripe that is even more trivial and pointless than this one. No luck, so far.
Mr_Grimsdale
4th May 13 21:01

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Grumpy xx

Grumpy xx

I love the look on workmens' faces when I offer them a cup of tea and a biscuit, and when they get it and look disdainfully at it, I then I tell them it's Earl Grey or Darjeeling or, Herbal. The look on their faces is priceless, as if I'd put cyanide in it. For some reason, manual workers don't do posh single estate teas - and they don't like cups and saucers either. Only mugs will do. They like mixed leaf cheaper brews like Tetley or PG Tips made so strong that the teaspoon can stand up vertically without falling over ....and they love bucket loads of sugar in it and half a pint of milk that turns the now 12 minute over-brewed dark slurry that stains my mugs a dark brown colour. Oh! as for biscuits. Again, home made cookies are viewed with deep suspicion. Instead, a plateful of cheapo Bourbons or Custard Creams from a Pennywise packet from Morrisons are gratefully received.
Grumpy xx
22nd Mar 13 22:39

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Petra

Petra

Hi GOW

Although I favour the real thing I do keep some instant decaff for an evening drink. If you mix the coffee with a little cold water, or cold milk if you take it, and let that stand a bit before adding hot water it seems to bring out the aroma and flavour. Give it a try.
Petra
11th Mar 13 22:00

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Hi Petra, it's funny but I don't mind the smell of dry tea, but it's different when you pour the water on.

I like "Klingon" coffee too. If I'm only having instant I put two heaped teaspoons in a mug. Wish I could still drink the real stuff, but some decaffs aren't too bad.
grumpyoldwoman
11th Mar 13 08:38

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Petra

Petra

GOW, I can't stand tea either. The smell of it turns my stomach.

I still love a really good cup of strong black coffee, what someone here called Klingon coffee, and a friend describes as evil.

I hate it in coffee shops when they top it up with too much hot water before I can tell them not to. I like it malevolent not wishy washy.
Petra
9th Mar 13 22:26

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Woops! Was trying to correct typo in my name & hit the wrong key!
grumpyoldwoman
9th Mar 13 11:58

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grumpyoldeoman

grumpyoldeoman

Grumpy xx, I actually love coffee with Coffee Mate! I usually drink it black, but buy Coffee Mate sometimes for a treat. it has to be proper Coffee Mate though. Tastes just like cream in it! I love real coffee but have to drink decaff these days or I don't sleep.

I hate tea but the gom, being a builder, drinks builder's tea, supermarket Red Label. boblet, I remember sterilised milk, I thought it was disgusting.
grumpyoldeoman
9th Mar 13 11:57

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