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2014-04-05 10:03:55 AM  
8 votes:
I drank tea before it was cool.

Because I like warm tea.
2014-04-05 10:51:58 AM  
3 votes:
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 10:08:42 AM  
3 votes:
Tea is popular because we all secretly yearn to be British Supervillians.
2014-04-05 10:02:53 AM  
3 votes:
Oh God, dnrfa yet, but have the hipster douchebags overtaken tea? They have already ruined bacon, cupcakes, coffee and beer...
2014-04-05 12:23:35 PM  
2 votes:
Cup Of Brown Joy - Professor Elemental

Keep your sodding coffee in a proper copper coffee pot
And stop me lobbing teapots at your poncey rotten coffee shop!
2014-04-05 10:32:34 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:14:28 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:10:33 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:09:15 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:33:11 AM  
2 votes:
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 07:32:59 PM  
1 vote:

bardicmisfit: I live and die by their Irish Breakfast, these days.


By "Irish Breakfast", you mean whiskey, right?
2014-04-05 02:51:19 PM  
1 vote:

PercyColburn: r1niceboy: 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.

This.

Allow me to pour some hot water in a tiny 'fancy' metal jug and then leave it to cool for 10 minutes before I bring it to you without having put the tea inside.

Shall I be mother?


"Here's a Lipton's tea bag! That will be two dollars."
2014-04-05 02:48:46 PM  
1 vote:

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: 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.


That's what bad Puerh tastes like. Good Puerh tastes like you're licking the floor of somebody's damp musty old basement.
2014-04-05 02:46:54 PM  
1 vote:

r1niceboy: 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.


This.

Allow me to pour some hot water in a tiny 'fancy' metal jug and then leave it to cool for 10 minutes before I bring it to you without having put the tea inside.

Shall I be mother?
2014-04-05 01:17:41 PM  
1 vote:

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: my herniated disc: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: 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.

if the pu'erh tastes or smells like that it is likely of the very lowest quality.

I've never found decent pu'erh outside chinatown. It either tastes like rotten dirt or its really bland.

I used to enjoy tuocha (a pu-erh) until a friend told me it smelled like the State Fair. Looked down at the cup, made the connection, and could never drink it again. Good thing the local shop has many many more to try.

Yay tea.


its harder to find but there is an unfermented type puerh that does not brew to poo brown...

i prefer to think of it as rich coffee colour...
2014-04-05 12:36:50 PM  
1 vote:
I remember the day when I thought "Lemon tastes good in tea, and milk tastes good in tea, so why not both at the same time?"
2014-04-05 11:15:46 AM  
1 vote:
Just because...
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2014-04-05 11:09:38 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-05 11:08:30 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:43:16 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:39:47 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:33:51 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:29:45 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:15:45 AM  
1 vote:
Because coffee makes me shiat and makes me crash
2014-04-05 10:07:49 AM  
1 vote:
I'll stick with my lambs blood thank you.
 
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