Tea. It is an essential part of my day. I routinely have two cups in the morning, in good ol’ Big Brown, my favourite tea mug. The other day, I was served a pot of tea & given a glass to pour it in to. Oh. My. Word. My mind was blown. Glasses aren’t for hot drinks, in my book. They are for cold drinks. It got me thinking: Is this okay? Is this the future? Or is it just weird?
A quick question on Instagram & Facebook led me to the conclusion that it is generally, quite odd. I appreciate that cafe culture is constantly evolving but I don’t want to loose some of the things that make tea awesome. I think part of the problem is that lots of cafes focus on the coffee & tea is an afterthought. Such a shame.
So what is the best way to drink tea? Some cafes use vintage tea cups. Adorable. But they are tiny! I want a big mug of decent tea! Plus, if you get a teapot, I really like it when you’re brought an extra pot of hot water. It’s something that used to happen routinely when I was a child. I can remember being out at cafes with my grandparents and we were always brought a pot of hot water to top up the teapot. You can get so much tea out of a single tea bag. Plus it stops the tea being far too strong when you’re already had a few cups.
To be fair, I am quite particular about the tea I make myself. (When other people make it for me, I just take it as it comes!) I like my tea the way my Granny used to: Very hot & quite strong. When I was younger, I used to have a lot of milk in my tea. But now, it’s all about the heat. (Probably because I’m always cold!) And I like to taste the tea. So it has to be strong enough for that. I always make my tea using a teapot. The main reason being that when you make it in the cup, it makes the cup too hot to hold & by the time it’s cooled enough to touch the tea is too cold for my liking. (And despite what my OH says, I can tell the difference!) Plus the taste is too strong. You shouldn’t pour boiling water straight onto the tea leaves as it spoils them. So I always warm the teapot with the freshly boiled water & this gives the water time to settle before you pour it over your teabag. I don’t have a set time for how long I leave it to brew – It just depends how long I can wait! I do like the way that some cafes now tell you how long to wait or give you an egg timer so you know when the tea is brewed.
How do you drink your tea? Do you have a favourite mug? Do you use a teapot or do you make your tea in the mug? I’d love to know what you think about drinking tea from a glass – Yay or nay?!