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I used to share a blog with Melissa, but she's been MIA for a few months, so I made it all mine! Random thoughts on my every day life to bore you with.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Time to brew

Lately I've been particularly bothered by a pet peeve of mine. It may seem trivial to most people, ok, probably everyone, but it drives me INSANE when people leave the tea bag in the cup until they're done with the entire drink. I mean, Starbuck's puts the tea bag in there and puts the lid on, but that's only so you won't spill the hot water on yourself, NOT so that you won't take the bag out. If you read the boxes it says to leave in there for 5 minutes. Some are only 2-3 minutes. Maybe you wonder why this bothers me? Well, I think that people aren't getting the best flavor out of their tea, so for some reason I can't imagine how they think they enjoy it. As a pretty regular tea drinker I know that it gets a "burnt" taste if you leave the bag in there for too long. Thus, for some reason it seems phony to me for people to like over-brewed teas. If you do this, I'm not judging you or anything, but try taking the bag out and see if it doesn't taste better to you.


Blogger danielle said...

ive never paid attention to how long i leave a tea bag in- i will next time.

also, i have to tell you, if there was an award for "most clever blog post titles" you'd win :)

11:08 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

ha ha...thanks :o) Yes, see how much better the flavor is when you only leave it for a few minutes. But none of that one dip thing - that's ridiculous. A girl at school does it that way.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Ebony said...

I too am a big tea drinker--much prefer it to coffee. I remove my tea bag after an appropriate amount of time if it is a strong tea, say Earl Grey or English Breakfast because it does, as you say, start to taste "burnt" or "bitter." If it is a light, herbal tea like Chmomille or Sleepy Time I usually leave it in through the whole cup because I don't think it hurts the flavor. And sometimes I even go wild and add things like cream or lemon or orange slices...blank canvas a hot cup of tea is, maybe that's why I like it so much.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

mmm yes, I've heard that coconut milk is good in tea...I haven't tried it yet though. And I suppose you are right on the herbal tea not getting the same burnt taste - thanks for pointing that out.

5:34 PM  

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