Saturday, June 28, 2008

You probably had to be there

Earlier today I had a truly fantastic cup of tea.

Just thought I’d mention it.

13 comments:

Matt M said...

My favourite cup of tea is always the first one each morning. I've got it down to a fine art now: Two teabags, stir it for a bit until it goes nice and dark, then leave it a little longer before adding the milk.

Bliss.

Tom Freeman said...

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'double-bagger'!

Niall said...

Did you make the cup of tea yourself? I do prefer a cup of tea made by someone else. This is not just because I am lazy.

Personally when making tea for others i tend to be a little bit more careful with brewing, water temperature, sugars etc.

The exception is my father who prefers a kind of tea stew which is just wrong. I have come to the conclusion that my father long ago realised that tea made by others is much better and therefore makes a right hash of making tea for others so he never has to make tea himself.

I fear i have shared too much here.

Matt M said...

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'double-bagger'!

Well, that's ruined my morning cup for a while.

Tom Freeman said...

Calm down, Matt, it's just a storm in a mug (I'm not prissy enough for teacups).

Niall, you're right. I'm a bit of a control freak in some areas of my life, but when I can trust someone to do something in a way that I like, then that's great. In this case it was a collaborative effort: the tea was brewed by somebody else, while I added the milk (and sugar). It worked.

I also fear that we're all getting a bit too involved in this. Hard to stop, though...

Matt M said...

The whole point of tea is the bitterness of it. Putting sugar in is like riding a bike with stabilisers on - you get a sense of what it's like, but it's just not the same.

Tom Freeman said...

But you can combine the bitterness with the sweetness. You a Verve fan, Matt? "Cause it's a bittersweet cup of tea, this life..."

Matt M said...

Bittersweet is neither truly bitter nor sweet though, it's an uneasy middle ground and has no place in the tea-drinking experience.

I used to have sugar, then I switched to tea in its purest form (well, except the milk, obviously) and I haven't looked back since.

Tom Freeman said...

Well, I don't want this to turn into some sort of unseemly row, so I think we're just going to have to agree that I'm right and you're wrong.

m said...

9 comments? Christ --shit, sorry to offend anyone...twice-- he didn't even have a viscount biscuit! Rubbish...at least a band got a plug and you two enjoyed sexual banter. Ahh, the internet ;)

Tom Freeman said...

Yep, good old internet.

And now it's Monday morning and the whole tea adventure begins for another week.

I find that workday tea-drinking and weekend tea-drinking are very different types of activity. Hope that comment's not going to spark too much controversy...

tim f said...

I agree (with the last comment).

Workday tea-drinking is a means of coping, weekend tea-drinking is a means of relaxing.

m said...

Controversy? Never mind, then; wasn't exactly what I was going for though.