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I grew up on tea – Lipton tea bags to be exact. Everyone in my family drank the stuff.  My brother used a stein to drink his tea.  I’m pretty sure it was tea inside.  I remember the discarded bag on the counter top.  But it was my brother.  And, it was a stein.  Hmm… .

It wasn’t until college I switched to coffee; no transitional phase either.  I went off to Iowa and left the tea bags at home.  There wasn’t any deep seeded Freudian theory behind the abandonment.  I tried coffee.  It was good

My wife has never had a cup of coffee in her life.  Gasp!  Yes, I STILL married her.  She does drink her occasional cup of tea, though.   Every now and then, I did that couple thing and joined her. I regard those as temporary moments of weakness.  Luckily, there were only a few. And, I became stronger.  Coffee remained my sustenance.

Until January 2017.

Recently, I posted that nothing about coffee was appealing. It was bad.  So bad, I was almost at a loss at what to do with myself every morning.  A coffee cup was always within reach.  If it wasn’t, I would search the house, wondering where I left my damn cup.  Every evening,  I looked forward to a cup of decaf to begin the daily unwind.  Now what? A cup of hot water is just  lame.  So, green tea it was.  Oddly enough, I would add a lemon slice and … .  I unwound.  Well, as much adamthomasrph can unwind, that is.

 informational tea bits 

  • Tea (except herbal teas, which are not really tea at all) is made from the Camellia sinensis plant.  Black tea is allowed to ferment and green tea is unfermented.  White tea is also unfermented, but taken from the unopened buds of the tea bush.
  • Chinese legend tells us that Emperor Shen Nong first discovered tea in 2737 B.C., when leaves from the tea bushes fell into water his servants were boiling to purify.
  • Though the Chinese grow the most tea, the United Arab Emirates drink nearly 14 pounds of the stuff every year, putting them ahead of Morocco and Ireland residents. Brits come in seventh.
  • It was the American Thomas Sullivan who accidentally invented the teabag in 1904.  Nowadays, the teabag is the by far the most popular way to make tea, with over 96 percent of the tea drunk in the United Kingdom being made in this fashion.
  • Green tea that has the best reputation as a super food.
  • Black tea has 14-70 mg of caffeine – green tea has 24-45 mg – white tea has 30-55 mg – coffee 95mg – Mountain Dew 55mg
  • Lastly,  afternoon tea at Aqua Shard in London would put the MadHatter’s party to shame.  Served from 1pm to 5pm daily

 last sip, sip

No one, not even the English, say ‘pip, pip‘.  And, that ‘cheerio‘ shit.  I’m thinking that doesn’t happen either.  One last personal teabit.  I have never raised my pinkie when drinking tea.  There’s only one finger I raise and it’s all in the name of customer service, of course.

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