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Awkward tea moments

Ever find yourself saying, or thinking of saying, some awkward, possibly irrelevant, statement pertaining to tea in casual conversation?

Earlier, I was at a diner with this girl, and while we’re waiting for our food, I’m drinking a cup of coffee and she mentions that she doesn’t like the stuff. Instantly, I make a connection to tea – this goes through my head:
Though many tea drinkers look down on coffee, it’s actually played rather significant role in tea’s history. When the coffee crop in Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka, fell to a widespread disease amongst the trees, the economy was salvaged through the introduction of the tea plant. Sri Lanka, still called Ceylon amongst tea communities, is one of the largest producers of tea in the world now, and is actually where Sir Thomas Lipton began his tea enterprise.

I waited for a place to insert that display of knowledge into the conversation, until I realized it would never come because it was extremely irrelevant, pointless, and she would take no interest in that fact at all. So I dropped it, and waited to post it on here X.X

That kind of thing ever happen to you guys?

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Carolyn said

All the time. I’m just not as good at stopping my tongue as you seem to be. Generally I realize that people are really, really, really not interested in the difference theanine makes when comparing the caffeine in coffee and the caffeine in tea or the history of technology and transportation as it affected the tea trade until the entire meeting is staring at me and my voice trails off into, “Well I thought it was interesting…”

Fortunately for me, I’m married to a historian who specializes in certain areas of technological development so he is always interested in this sort of thing. It makes our conversations when we walk lively and fun. Of course, if he were more nearly normal perhaps I wouldn’t persist in my belief that everyone else is fascinated as well. (Notice how I cleverly laid the blame for my inability to avoid embarrassing myself in meetings on my husband.)

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Linda said

Hey I don’t think you guys are embarrassing yourselves at all. Interesting stuff is just that interesting stuff. If people don’t want to broaden their perspectives that’s their problems. You 2 just keep posting this stuff. I, for one, find it great.

Now if you want to hear an awkward tea moment here is mine. A couple of my co-workers like to put their hot herb beverage (they call this tea—come on it is not) near me at work. One day I smelled something that, forgive me, smelled like cat pee and I stated this. Turns out it was their drink. Awkward…..

Cofftea said

I’m interested to know what kind it was because to me pu erh (which definitely is tea) smells like, well- pu. And I’ve seen a tea w/ yalang yalang in it and yalang yalang (I know this from smelling a candle) smells like you just went to the bathroom and have a very severe UTI infection.

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Cofftea said

The only awkward moment is when my mom finds out I’ve bought something and criticizes me cuz she thinks I can’t afford it or have too much already (oh so she has a point there LOL).

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shesteeps said

I have no knowledge quite that interesting to share at this point. However, my tea loving has blossomed over the last two months and my husband likes to tell everyone about how much of it I have or the words I use that he doesn’t understand. This is somewhat embarrassing because I think it makes me sound like a nut job when he is saying it although I know he is not trying to portray me in that light.

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If you think that making conversation about tea can be awkward and embarrassing, wait until you bring up the merits of circular vs. straight knitting needles in a crowd of non-knitters.

chana said

LOL…you should have seen the looks we got when a friend asked if I wanted to pet her Malabrigo!

Everyone should have a Malabrigo to pet!

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Cofftea said

I was in my tea shop last week and this middle ageish couple walk in. They weren’t being helped so I evesdropped just enough to be able to chime in w/ my recommendations (I’ve been trying to get a job at this place so I thought not only helpful and curtious but knowing what I was talking about would give me brownie points). I quickly heard that he’s British and starting telling the woman he was basically how crappy American tea is. He didn’t actually say that, but that was the jist. I couldn’t tell if he was talking about “typical” American drinker’s tea or the tea in the store because I didn’t want to sit right next to them to listen and the laughter inside my head was too loud anyway. The things some people say in public!

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Gata Tea said

Not so much a conversational problem for me – people seem amused when I rattle off tea trivia. On a trip to London a few years back, my sisters and I were in Haagen Dazs Cafe in Leicester Square. I ordered Ice Cream Tea, which is ice cream served with a pot of tea and a scone. Well, jet lag was really kicking in, and I managed to elbow the teapot right off the table. It made a large crashing noise which startled people nearby, but somehow the teapot didn’t break. So much for trying to be a quiet American.

Cofftea said

Ice cream tea? Now I’ve heard everything:)

mm icecream and tea thats a great idea!

Cofftea said

Eh, Idk if I’d like that w/ regular tea, but I could totally see a chai latte float- especially if it was dirty, sans water.

that sounds amazing! id love to try that :)

Cofftea said

Or a matcha latte float!:)

Ezzirah said

Woooohoooo, another reason to have both ice cream and tea! What a cool idea!

Cofftea said

Ezzirah, I do it all the time w/ 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai- except I use chocolate frozen yogurt.

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Cofftea said

Awkward moment #1: You send tea related gifts to not one but 3 tea drinkers and they are extremely ungreatful and return them.

S said

Wow, did that really happen to you? How mean of those people…

Cofftea said

Believe me I wouldn’t say anything negative about people if it was a lie.

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Janefan said

Confession – I was the dumb American who put lemon and then milk in her tea when she travelled to London in ‘04. The waiter was kind enough to ignore my pot of curdled tea. Didn’t know better back then, but haven’t made that mistake again! In fact it was my trip to London that got me “into” real tea (not bagged Lipton).

For what it’s worth, Cream Tea at the Bramah Tea Room/Museum is ok (if you don’t mind getting lost in Bankside trying to find it). Not the best area for young women to walk alone! The museum was not worth the 6pounds though. Not even sure it’s still open, their website says they are “closed for refurbishment until early 2009” ? http://www.teaandcoffeemuseum.co.uk/

Cofftea said

Oh no!

gingerzing said

Oh, I did that once, too. hee. I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

Cofftea said

Luckily I don’t put lemon or milk in my tea, but if I did I could promise you I’d do that!:)

Cofftea said

Rereading this I have to say that I mix matcha (2tsp) w/ equal parts OJ and milk and that’s never happened… And I add milk to MarketSpice Chai (that contains orange).

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Keemun said

…I started to work in China about 6 years ago. I sat down in the canteen of the place I used to work for. In front of me a cup of jasmin tea…I am to open a bag of sugar in slow-motion and…like in the movies…conversations around me stopped.People stopped eating and kept looking at the stupid white boy who was about to destroy the scent of this rathet marvelous tea (althouh it came in a tea bag). The guy right next to me even gave me a rised eyebrow and asked: Oh…you drink with sugar? That was the last time that I did so…at home and indoors…taught me something

Suzi said

This is hilarious.

Although, Jasmine tea’s usually kinda sweet on its own. I can see why they might find this a bit odd. :-p

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