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« on: May 02, 2022, 12:27:20 AM »
Help me out here. This is a genuine question. But what the hell is the big attraction to tea?

As far as I'm concerned it looks awful, tastes awful, smells awful, and burns your tongue so it hurts for days afterwards. So why do so many Irish people worship the stuff? Why do they drink it like water?

I was at my auntie's a few months ago and of course I went through the usual ritual of explaining that no, I really, honestly don't want any tea. Yes, water's fine. She said "that sounds awful that, a glass of cold water." Later when she topped me up, she topped me up with hot water from the kettle. I had to pour it down the sink and pour me a cold glass of water. She could not believe the evidence in front of her eyes that this, the most ordinary thing in the world, was all I wanted to drink.

When I'm thirsty I just pour a glass of water and drink it. Job done in a few seconds. When my dad gets thirsty he seems to go through this big elaborate ritual involving a kettle, a tea bag, milk, a teaspoon, and having to sit down for five minutes to drink the stuff. Even on a hot day.

I just don't get it. What is it about this beverage that people find so alluring?

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Re: Tea
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2022, 01:34:41 AM »
Have to say I'm a huge fan of tea, and drink probably far too much of it, with a spoon of sugar each time, but as the auld fella has to check his blood daily, now and again I do, and thus far no problems.
For me, I grew up with two grandparents in the house, and two down the road.  Last thing before leaving either house was to have tea, and first thing entering the house was, yep, 'pon da kittel!'  I also think it's something psychological for me- there'd be a history of drink problems across both sides of the family, and I've always had a fear of becoming an alcoholic, so I think tea substitutes for cravings.
It's always been a social thing, anyone that comes into the house has to have tea or coffee, so like the situation you've described with your aunt, we find ourselves completely at a loss when someone doesn't partake!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2022, 08:13:12 AM »
Love my tea, one in the morning, then lunchtime and maybe if Iíve time one in the afternoon, Iíve another at 9ish at night. Canít have coffee at all for some reason
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Re: Tea
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2022, 10:32:58 AM »
I feel the same about coffee. I don't understand what the fuss is as I don't like it at all.

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2022, 10:44:19 AM »
Fun fact: Early explorers of the Americas sent tea back home to their friends and relations. Some recipients didn't know what to do with it and actually ate it on toast.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2022, 11:12:26 AM »
'Nowadays people don't realise that the art of tea making, and elaborate discussions about various blends of tea we're not just inane murmurings; they we're a complex form of punctuation during emotionally difficult narratives'

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2022, 11:17:28 AM »
Donít understand and am suspicious of someone that doesnít like a drop of tay !

I would drink 4 or 5 cups of tay a day , easily
Partial to a coffee in the morning as well but I leave the coffee intake in single figures
Tay is different though , multiple cups per day or Iíd be in bad form

If I go away for a few days Iíll take a few tay bags with me so I can ensure the correct tay is drank
There is nothing worse than a bad cup of tay and nothing better than a good cup of tay !

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Re: Tea
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2022, 11:24:40 AM »
Wouldn't be a fan of the coffee myself and would have no interest in finding out the attraction.  The cost alone would put me off!

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2022, 03:52:37 PM »
Tea and internet access are non negotiable. I go for loose leaf, the stuff that isn't dyed also Earl Grey. Easily one litre a day.

One of the best things I ever did was to stop drinking coffee, now I can't even drink one cup of it.

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2022, 04:04:14 PM »
Ya can't bate a good pot of leaf tay.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2022, 04:05:26 PM »
Help me out here. This is a genuine question. But what the hell is the big attraction to tea?

As far as I'm concerned it looks awful, tastes awful, smells awful, and burns your tongue so it hurts for days afterwards. So why do so many Irish people worship the stuff? Why do they drink it like water?

I was at my auntie's a few months ago and of course I went through the usual ritual of explaining that no, I really, honestly don't want any tea. Yes, water's fine. She said "that sounds awful that, a glass of cold water." Later when she topped me up, she topped me up with hot water from the kettle. I had to pour it down the sink and pour me a cold glass of water. She could not believe the evidence in front of her eyes that this, the most ordinary thing in the world, was all I wanted to drink.

When I'm thirsty I just pour a glass of water and drink it. Job done in a few seconds. When my dad gets thirsty he seems to go through this big elaborate ritual involving a kettle, a tea bag, milk, a teaspoon, and having to sit down for five minutes to drink the stuff. Even on a hot day.

I just don't get it. What is it about this beverage that people find so alluring?
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Re: Tea
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2022, 05:28:40 PM »
I feel the same about coffee. I don't understand what the fuss is as I don't like it at all.

Coffee. Now thereís another cult I donít understand.

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2022, 07:13:53 PM »
I feel the same about coffee. I don't understand what the fuss is as I don't like it at all.

Coffee. Now thereís another cult I donít understand.

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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2022, 07:27:37 PM »
Its seemingly more hip to be into Coffee even though it is rank.
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2022, 07:35:08 PM »
Its seemingly more hip to be into Coffee even though it is rank.

Itís the people that have those coffee flasks type things that Iíd want to run over ;D
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