Should restaurants and coffeehouses serve fresh-brewed iced tea by the pitcher?

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It is a beautiful idea, but my concern is for the taste of the ice. A lot of home fridges end up with terrible tasting icemaker ice because people don’t (know how to?) clean the water lines and everything tastes stale and awful. In a soda, that’s less of a concern because the ice melts gradually, but for iced tea the ice makes up a significant quantity of the total water volume.

yssah said

unless they freeze the freshly brewed tea (after cooling down) and serve those as cubes :)

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Uniquity said

I just don’t like iced tea. :( I know that restaurants don’t appreciate it as drinks are huge profit but I like cold water and hot tea. Not really much else.

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I would love for restaurants to serve good iced tea. I worked in a couple restaurants before opening my business, and both places we ended up dumping leftover iced tea everyday only because it wasn’t a popular seller in comparison to soda, juice, or alcohol.

LuckyMe said

I think if iced tea is the Lipton/Nestea/Fuse variety, it’s not going to be popular. I would choose a Coke myself over those. A good quality tea though is a different story. I’ve seen people line up for the iced tea at Teavana so I’m pretty sure that a high quality will would be well received.

You’d think it be fairly easy for restaurants to cold brew big pitchers of tea. More and more people are seeking out healthier alternatives to soda and would welcome a zero or low calorie drink.

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Here in the deep south, restaurants all brew big pitchers of iced tea. It’s probably Lipton, and it’s as sweet as a baby alpaca, but it’s bottomless and the average customer probably drinks a 64 ounces or more per meal.(Refills are always free, and the standard choices are sweet, unsweet, and half and half) If you’re a party over two, they’ll bring you a whole pitcher to save themselves trips for refills. Then, as you get up to leave, your waitress will ask you if you want some to go (also free), in a 64 ounce styrofoam cup. My husband is from Wisconsin and was floored by how much of the stuff we put away per day.

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I can’t find a styrofoam cup larger than 44 oz, with the largest common cup being 24 oz. If you’re drinking 64oz, that’s a half-gallon of liquid and I’m having a real tough time picturing how a person would drink that and also have room for food.

Around here, we’re using 12 oz water glasses and you have to ask for refills.

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Maybe they are 44oz, not 64…they’re as big as the large 7-11 slurpee cups, if that helps. :) And yes, trust me, people down here will go through at least one, usually two or more per meal. You have to remember it’s HOT

Is it common to have a reusable water bottle with you all the time, or are meals the only customary time for liquid intake? Slurpee/Twitter indicates their sizes as: Small = 12 oz, Medium = 20 oz, Large = 28 oz, Xtra Large = 40 oz.

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