Tea and family/friends
Do you have a tea loving family and circle of friends or are you the black sheep? If you’re the black sheep, what do they think of your tea consumption?
Definitely the black sheep, but thoughtful husband doesn’t pooh-pooh my obsession and humors me when I stick a mug under his nose and say, “You gotta taste this!” Teenage son has tried a variety or two and insists he’d like to be a tea drinker, but hasn’t landed on a variety he can’t exist without. All that Mountain Dew must have burned off his taste buds.
Oh come from a BIG family of tea drinkers, however it all started with my generation. My mom’s gen. thinks that tea is for when you are sick. Now my sister and her kids and my kids are avid tea drinkers, with cabinet drawers devoted to the stuff. At work, though, I am the one wackadoodle everyone else drinks herbal “teas”. Sorry herbal lovers you might love it but technically it is not tea
“Sorry herbal lovers you might love it but technically it is not tea”
Linda, my level of agreement on this is so high that it cannot be expressed in mere words.
ME TOO! I get so ticked when you order tea when you go out to eat (I do even though I know it’s cheap bagged stuff) and not only do they not give you a choice, but they bring you a bag of herbal! I politely ask "I ordered tea, not an herbal tea. Could I please have some green if possible?
I get equally ticked off when I order a cup to tea at a diner and I get a wet bag and half a cup of warm water. Yuch. But the tea addiction is soooo bad I even drink that.
@Linda, You mean they predunk it for you? Yuck. At 1st I thought you meant a preused teabag… I HOPE you didn’t mean that!
Cofftea, ROFL no they don’t give me a used bag or pre dunk it for me, they just leave it on the side of the cup and the water splashes all over it. This way I drink tea and ink.
My local tea shop has a blend that is supposed to taste like a mojito (except it has cucumber and no rum…) so I’m going to make some double strength, add some rum, and take it over to my aunt’s for Christmas, then all they have to do is pour it over ice. I doubt many people will like it. Oh well. More for me. ;)
I’m definitely the odd one but to each his own. They’re coffee people.
My friends and family members are all occasional teadrinkers (it’s a culture thing).
They are very sweet about my obsession. I get comments about my collection, but it’s only jokes and questions. I got one friends who shares my passion for tea, and we exchange tea and so very often :)
There used to be a wonderful tea cafe (for lack of a better term) not to far from me. They served Harney and Son teas and you could get high tea or even lunch. When my daughter was 15 or so and very into heavy metal (spiked wild colored hair, big baggy pants, black nail polish etc.) she asked me if we could go there. We went and we got stared at but once they saw how loving she was (and still is) to me and how well she drank her tea and tea sandwiches, napkin in lap no less, all these ladies just smiled . Now she is 22 drives to Harney and Son whenever she can with her boyfriend. Her hair is no longer crazy colored, her cloths have changed but the tea lover remains.
That’s a very nice story, not only about how not to judge people, but how there is no “tea drinker” sterio type.
You got it baby, you love a person for what they are not how they dress and you love tea for how it tastes not how it is packaged.
My mother is an enthusiastic tea drinker. My sister drinks coffee (and heaven forbid you get between her and her morning cup). My father drinks coffee. As to non-family, I have a lot of Indians and Chinese co-workers and most of them drink tea.
Besides my Mother drinking a cup of decaf Lipton tea in the am, I’m the black sheep.
I work with 2 ladies who drink this herbal brew. It stinks. It stinks like cat pee and they like to leave it near me.
I am definately the black sheep. My family are all tea drinkers but all they will drink is bagged Lipton with lots of milk and sugar. I’m so used to drinking loose leaf now that I can’t stomach the stuff.
Black sheep? Who me? Is she talking about me? Okay, well yes I would say. My father is straight pop. My mother was sun ice tea on a summers day. My sister wets her cup a little (LOL, that did not sound right). My step mother is a chai latte (powder mix). As for my step brothers there is no way to bring them to a watering hole full of tea. They rather go thirsty then take a drink. My wife enjoys tea, but not to the investagitve length that I do. For handle it like sensory at work or sampling wine. LOL Do not worry, because I still do know how to enjoy a cup of tea.