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2014-04-05 08:33:11 AM
I hate to break it to you Smitty, but tea has been pretty much popular since people settled down and realized that the leaves, when dried and steeped, or even just thrown into a damn cup of hot water could help them grind their teeth and feel good. Half the joy of the British Empire was their realizing that invading foreign lands gave them additions to their cuisine that included this magic water that made their rainy, dreary, gray after gray after gray days almost palatable WITHOUT the addition of alcohol at breakfast. Well, and then they realized that the Arabs were roasting and grinding these weird African beans, and things got into a competition between the two beverages...
 
2014-04-05 10:02:53 AM
Oh God, dnrfa yet, but have the hipster douchebags overtaken tea? They have already ruined bacon, cupcakes, coffee and beer...
 
2014-04-05 10:03:55 AM
I drank tea before it was cool.

Because I like warm tea.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-04-05 10:05:07 AM
I wonder if subby has a freaking clue at all? Tea predates coffee so far back it's silly.
IIRC tea started around 2327 BC, coffee around 9th century AD.
 
2014-04-05 10:07:14 AM
 
2014-04-05 10:07:49 AM
I'll stick with my lambs blood thank you.
 
2014-04-05 10:07:59 AM
Coffee is a form of tea... perhaps the BEST form of tea.
 
2014-04-05 10:08:32 AM
Atevi love tea.
 
2014-04-05 10:08:42 AM
Tea is popular because we all secretly yearn to be British Supervillians.
 
2014-04-05 10:09:15 AM

gja: I wonder if subby has a freaking clue at all? Tea predates coffee so far back it's silly.
IIRC tea started around 2327 BC, coffee around 9th century AD.


So it really is driven by Hipsters trying to out before-you-discovered-it one another.
 
2014-04-05 10:10:33 AM
ftfa: ...a tea sommelier

When is a good time to call your tea sommelier?
Before breakfast? Because that's when I drink tea.
 
2014-04-05 10:10:38 AM
Study it out.
 
2014-04-05 10:13:27 AM
Subby's next headline: "Why is chocolate so popular these days?"
 
2014-04-05 10:14:28 AM
Coffee is vile.  Tea is...less vile, but with the amount of sugar I put in it, that's OK.

When I get tea from a coffeeshop or whatever, I order it as "Tea.  Early Grey.  Hot."  Maybe one person in twenty gets the reference.
 
2014-04-05 10:14:59 AM
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2014-04-05 10:15:20 AM
Tea is awesome.  That is all.
 
2014-04-05 10:15:45 AM
Because coffee makes me shiat and makes me crash
 
2014-04-05 10:19:57 AM
Because tea is tasty.

Next question.
 
2014-04-05 10:20:55 AM
Three cheers for tea. Down with coffee!
 
2014-04-05 10:21:39 AM
Why do hipsters have to ruin everything?

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2014-04-05 10:22:37 AM
If it's so damn popular, then why can't I get a decent single estate black tea in my grocery store?
 
2014-04-05 10:26:01 AM

Tom_Slick: Tea is popular because we all secretly yearn to be British Supervillians French starship captains.


FTFM.

/Earl Grey is surprisingly good
 
2014-04-05 10:26:03 AM
I imagine subby's headline was tongue in cheek.
 
2014-04-05 10:26:41 AM

Grumpy Cat: Three cheers for tea. Down with coffee!


Hip ...
 
2014-04-05 10:28:51 AM
I love tea and I love coffee. But not mixed together - that would be disgusting.
 
2014-04-05 10:29:30 AM

Wyalt Derp: I love tea and I love coffee. But not mixed together - that would be disgusting.


Or would it...?
 
2014-04-05 10:29:45 AM
The women I saw at a recent get-together passing around tins of David's Tea and gushing about the smell and taste were the last people I would call "hipsters". Doctor Oz or Oprah or somebody must have recently endorsed it.

Black tea has certainly been around for ages, but I think what has taken off in the last decade is fruited up blends with some tea leaves somewhere in the mix. David's Tea, from what I can see/smell, isn't so much "tea" as "potpourri".
 
2014-04-05 10:32:34 AM
I have picked, prepared, and drank tea in Sichuan, China from the fields of former emperors that would have young beautiful female virgins, who maintained a strict vegetarian diet in order to keep their purity, pluck the downy white tea leaves with their lips. They would then trek a thousand kilometers under armed guard to the capital where only the Emperor, his family, and most loyal subjects would partake.

/Entirely true story
//No, really, it's true.
///From my hipster throne I look down upon all your peasants and your humble dirt tea.
 
2014-04-05 10:33:05 AM

ruta: The women I saw at a recent get-together passing around tins of David's Tea and gushing about the smell and taste were the last people I would call "hipsters". Doctor Oz or Oprah or somebody must have recently endorsed it.

Black tea has certainly been around for ages, but I think what has taken off in the last decade is fruited up blends with some tea leaves somewhere in the mix. David's Tea, from what I can see/smell, isn't so much "tea" as "potpourri".


I know the way my kids love tea is just another form of fruity sugar water to them.
 
2014-04-05 10:33:35 AM
I get Stash brand Earl Grey tea for 10¢ a bag at a Winco grocery store, that is why it is popular with me.
 
2014-04-05 10:33:51 AM
For the record:  Pu'erh  tea tastes like you took a handful of the hay from the bottom of a hamsters cage and squeezed it into a cup.
 
2014-04-05 10:35:20 AM

ruta: The women I saw at a recent get-together passing around tins of David's Tea and gushing about the smell and taste were the last people I would call "hipsters". Doctor Oz or Oprah or somebody must have recently endorsed it.

Black tea has certainly been around for ages, but I think what has taken off in the last decade is fruited up blends with some tea leaves somewhere in the mix. David's Tea, from what I can see/smell, isn't so much "tea" as "potpourri".


Actually, what has taken off is well-marketed, endorsed-by-somebody-of-Oprah's-ilk, tea like David's Tea. I can think of two local tea sellers that have gone out of business in the last year, one of them driven out by David's Tea. David's appears to be the Starbucks of tea.
 
2014-04-05 10:38:11 AM

gfid:


I've had that. But it isn't for drinking, you gotta rip the bag open and chew the contents with a little baking soda. Now that's good tea!
 
2014-04-05 10:38:13 AM
If Americans like tea so much, why can't I get boiling water at a restaurant in order to get the flavour out of a teabag? I don't want to spend twenty minutes dunking a teabag when boiling water would get all the tanniny goodness out in 30 seconds.
 
2014-04-05 10:38:34 AM
BecauseI'vealreadyhadsixcupsofcoffeeandIneedsomethingelsetodrinkandnoI wouldnotlikeaglassofwaterthankyou
 
2014-04-05 10:39:40 AM
Tea of the gods right here

http://www.amanashops.com/product/irish-blend-tea/loose-tea-regular

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Only $3.00 a bag, from a German colony in Iowa.
 
2014-04-05 10:39:47 AM

Comsamvimes: Tom_Slick: Tea is popular because we all secretly yearn to be British Supervillians French starship captains.

FTFM.

/Earl Grey is surprisingly good


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I'd like to get my hands on that fellow Earl Grey and tell him a thing or two about tea leaves
 
2014-04-05 10:40:18 AM
I'm going with "people will drink anything you tell them to" and "nobody told them it was ok to NOT drink the nasty, vile, stuff"...
 
2014-04-05 10:40:25 AM
Because everyone ayes have gotten too fat.
 
2014-04-05 10:43:16 AM
Oh crap, is tea a thing now?

I've been mostly a tea drinker my whole adult life, but I'll drink coffee in coffee type places and tea in tea type places.  I've lived in India and Sri Lanka and have been to the plantations and processing plants, which are really cool if you get the chance.

A few notes:

Pretty much all tea is one plant (some minor variation).  Green tea is the same leaf as black tea, just not roasted. Most variations size gradations or added flavors.  Most herbal teas are not tea, they are something else that is steeped in water.

"Chai" or some close variant is the word for tea in most of the world ("te" in Sri Lanka).  Saying "chai tea" is like saying "leche milk", but "chai tea" or "chai" in the US has come to mean a tea spiced a certain way, cardamom and cinnamon and stuff, similar to common ways to spice tea in India.  Sometimes I'll point out the "chai" thing to people, but that's kinda grammar Nazi-ish.
 
2014-04-05 10:47:28 AM
I'm past tea and on to Rooibos.
 
2014-04-05 10:51:58 AM
It's very popular down on the reservation now, also. I knew an Indian who drank 50 gallons of tea. He drowned in his tea-pee.
 
2014-04-05 10:55:33 AM
Subby: Why is tea so popular these days?

Because coffee is nasty stuff unless you load it up with milk and sugar, which Americans only started drinking because it was un-British.

/needs my black Irish Breakfast blend in the morning
 
2014-04-05 10:56:31 AM
Welcome to the Party, pal.
 
2014-04-05 10:58:11 AM
Wasn't a tea drinker until I happened upon this:

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Now I know what I was missing.
 
2014-04-05 11:06:28 AM
Theanine, the tasty chemical that tea has that coffee doesn't, works on the same neurotransmitter and has a similar effect as Alcohol or anti-anxiety drugs.  That's why tea is farking awesome.
 
2014-04-05 11:07:17 AM
Because coffee is nasty, and tea is tasty.  Simple as that.  Plus, there are so many different varieties - traditional leaf teas, fruity floral/herbal teas, earthy matés, and various blends of all those.  My favorite is "té, canela, y clavo" that I stock up on whenever I go to Peru because it's so hard to find here in the States.

Then there are the different effects that different teas have:  High-caffeine black teas like Earl Grey are good for waking up; soothing teas like chamomile or valerian help you sleep; anise-based teas are good for stomachaches; hierba luisa (lemon verbena) helps with menstrual pain; coca helps prevent altitude sickness; the list goes on...  compared to that, coffee is pretty much a one-trick pony.
 
2014-04-05 11:08:30 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: It's very popular down on the reservation now, also. I knew an Indian who drank 50 gallons of tea. He drowned in his tea-pee.


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2014-04-05 11:09:38 AM
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2014-04-05 11:14:46 AM
Love tea, love coffee. Love herbal tea and rooibos too. Herbal coffee can suck a big pile of dirty donkey dicks.
 
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