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Why Do You Choose Between Coffee, And Tea?
Coffee, Or Tea?
People are product of their environment. Their likes, dislikes, traditions, culture and believe system are all shaped by their experience in life, and the society around them. A simple and obvious example is what you see people eat, and drink in different society. So it is not surprising that even picking simple things like coffee, or tea, could be the influence of where we are raised, and what the society we are in.
Tea, and coffee, what wonderful beverages. And, for me, it's a difficult choice to make specially if you have been influenced by your surrounding to appreciate both. Growing up between England and USA with different likes, and dislikes, different food, and culture it was only natural that I would be exposed to both.
Memories of childhood, afternoon tea, obviously in England, was my fav time of the day. Center table set with cucumber sandwiches, scones, and muffins, and sponge cake, jam, and Devonshire clotted cream! And of course tea pot with its tea cozy, and dainty china tea cups. My interest was not so much on the tea, but what was around it. My eldest sister, who was already married at that time, used to make sure we have fresh everything from the bakery. It was the younger siblings job to run down to the corner bakery down the hill and grab the freshest bake goods everyday around 3:30, what memories! An English tradition in a foreign household!
Tea had to be made properly with lose leaves, or brand tea bags. Water has to be boiling, really boiling when it hits the leaves! Milk has to be the right kind, pasteurized not just any milk. Tea is not tea if you made it any other way.
Returning to America:
So after all that I had a hard time adjusting to the 'tea' in the States..... Firstly any leaves, or flowers (??) that is brewed is called tea here!! And the regular tea didn't taste like tea at all, it tasted bland, the milk wasn't right, can't drink tea in a mug! I missed the English tea!!
Then I joined the work force. America, a land of freedom, and coffee drinkers. 'America runs on Dunkin' , or should I say America runs on Coffee'. Every morning everyone went off to coffee break.
'No thanks, I don't drink coffee'.
Got the Wired looks from my coworkers, "She doesn't drink coffee?!" came the whispers.
With much persuasion, and coaxing, I learned to hang around with the guys at the coffee room. At first, I couldn't stand the smell of coffee. Tea doesn't have that strong, bitter smell. Oh, how I missed my 'English tea'!
Changing with Time:
I become a social drinker, and would drink with people at work, parties, cafes, etc. Then came the time when I went out and bought my first coffee machine from Macy's. Buying Gourmet flovered coffee became a norm. I WAS hooked! How life changes..... From a tea drinker to a coffee drinker, to the point that I couldn't start my day without having my first MUG of coffee! Yes, it has to be a Mug! After I left my job, I became friends with a group of ladies that enjoyed having coffee mornings every week. From tea time to coffee mornings!
We, the human race, don't like breaking our old traditions that much. So, I took the new world's coffee and made it a routine in the morning, and the old world's tradition, my English Tea, became an afternoon Favorite!
A new tradition is born every minute!