I don’t drink tea

I don’t drink tea*.

Wait, wait, don’t leave! I have a good reason, I promise. Let’s call it ‘tea-related childhood trauma’ or something.

Imagine this: you are young, and you get up early every morning so that you can have breakfast with your father before he goes to work. Sometimes he works out of town and is away for a week or more, so this is a special time of the day, when it’s still dark and the house is quiet, you can pretend that this is all there is. You and him, enjoying toast, and a little conversation.

You drink milo, but your father drinks tea. He has this habit of dunking his toast, laden with peanut butter and jam, or just jam, or jam and honey, into his tea, making it a soggy mess, before eating it. You think that maybe it’s like when you dunk gingernuts into your milo, except that a biscuit doesn’t disintegrate like toast. But really, you think nothing of it, it’s just part of the routine.

Until you give it a go yourself, and find something lurking at the bottom of your cup. A mass of grossness. Jam and bread and peanut butter, clumped together and threatening to slide into your mouth as you try to drink the last bit of your tea.

And you can never look at a cup of tea the same way, not after that, because you are always wondering if there is something there, hiding beneath the calm surface of that tea. In fact, it puts you off drinking any hot drinks until your mid 20’s.

See, I DO have a good reason, at least, it is for me, because sometimes the things you see in childhood stay with you even when they are irrational.

manateaHowever, last night, Hubby mentioned thinking that he might need a tea infuser, and I went looking on Etsy. Dangerous, silly move, Cassie. Now I want a tea infuser, like this tardis one, or this octopus (despite the fact it only has 6 tentacles). I think the Manatea is super cute, and WEEPING ANGEL!!!!!!!!!!! Adorable.

weepingangelteaI am not sure I can bring myself to drink regular tea, but maybe I could do herbal infusions? There is something appealing about that, perhaps this way of making tea has a sense of ritual about it for me that a tea bag does not.

I might be swayed. I very much would like a tea infuser, though whether it’s enough to make me push past my revulsion is yet to be seen.

*The only time I drink tea are when I visit my elderly grandmother and she insists on making me a hot drink and forgets that I asked for coffee. I would do just about anything for Nana, even drink tea. 

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8 thoughts on “I don’t drink tea

  1. Haha oh dear, that is a good reason! I got a ship’s wheel infuser for my birthday, which I’m pretty chuffed with. My favourite herbal tea at the moment is pomegranate and grape, nom!

    1. Awesome infuser!!! Is that the Healtheries Pomegranate and Grape? I have that too, for the odd occasion where I’ve had too much coffee but want a hot drink! Herbal tea, I can cope with, it’s just the regular stuff…

  2. Thanks so much for linking to my Doctor Who tea infusers. As a long time tea drinker I can assure you that tea is awesome as long as it is brewed right. Your grandmother may be brewing it too long, which makes it bitter. It should only be steeped for 3 minutes. Any bit longer and it will be bitter. And never leave the tea bag just hanging out in your cup/mug – that assures bitterness, too.

    I truly appreciate the mention and thanks for browsing my shop!

    1. Three minutes huh? That is good to know! Your infusers are awesome and I am pretty sure I’ll be purchasing one as soon as I get some funds – I think shipping is almost as much as the item LOL Etsy makes me wish I lived in America sometimes 😉

  3. We’ve had the tea discussion before and I think I actually suggested trying an herbal tea. I have a tea infuser…it’s a rubber duckie.

      1. That’s great to hear! I only have coffee when I get up in the morning. A single cup-it usually has more creamer than coffee.

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