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PostSubject: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:17 pm

I don't know if this will be regarded as treason, but here goes.

I don't like tea.

I don't even like coffee. I know this sounds crazy, but I have a strange aversion to pouring boiling hot water down my throat. I seem to regard someone else expressing similar setiments on this here site; I salute whoever that was.

It does make things pretty tricky when visiting. Unless you drink teak or coffee, you're treated like some sort of infection that's appeared in the kitchen. It's like going to the pub and just sitting there. Somehow you're being antisocial just by refusing hospitality.

The other thing is when people call round I never think to offer them tea or coffee, which makes me seem like a sheapskate. I am a cheapskate but the two things are coincidence.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:24 pm

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The other thing is when people call round I never think to offer them tea or coffee, which makes me seem like a sheapskate

Tell me about it!

I don't drink tea or coffee either (though I love the smell and taste of the latter - especially in cake).

My usual poison is water - hot water sometimes or herbal tea. Try asking for hot water when you're out. Waitresses forget - though by the looks on their faces sometimes you'd expect it was the most extraordinary thing they've ever heard.

I've a myriad of teadrinking horror stories from childhood where aunties just wouldn't take no for an answer.

I do the offering of tea and coffee - once. Then I'm inclined to forget about it unless people are staring pointedly at the pot. Friends and family usually get up and make their own here.

I think we're safe enough here, however. We've squatters' rights by now Wink

And I'd recommend you try Earl Grey. I have that an odd time. It's so nice, it's almost not like tea at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:31 pm

Oh. So you two don't like your tea then?
Well, so long as it doesn't cause political unrest on the site, then it's OK..I suppose.

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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:04 pm

I knew a doctor years ago who was the same - wouldn't put boiling liquids down his throat either. Is there a medical theoretical reason you don't or do you just not like the flavours?

I think I would die without caffeine ..
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:23 pm

There's always coke and coffee cake. I have a feeling that the throat wasn't intended for recieving boiling hot water. It's just common sense.

Personally I think it's very much an aquired taste. I suspect the same may be true of chocolate.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:26 pm

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There's always coke and coffee cake. I have a feeling that the throat wasn't intended for recieving boiling hot water. It's just common sense.

Personally I think it's very much an aquired taste. I suspect the same may be true of chocolate.

My sister's husband, now in his 40s, has drunk nothing except coke for the last 20 years.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:31 pm

And he's still standing?
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:32 pm

905 wrote:
I don't know if this will be regarded as treason, but here goes.

I don't like tea.

I don't even like coffee. I know this sounds crazy, but I have a strange aversion to pouring boiling hot water down my throat. I seem to regard someone else expressing similar setiments on this here site; I salute whoever that was.

It does make things pretty tricky when visiting. Unless you drink teak or coffee, you're treated like some sort of infection that's appeared in the kitchen. It's like going to the pub and just sitting there. Somehow you're being antisocial just by refusing hospitality.

The other thing is when people call round I never think to offer them tea or coffee, which makes me seem like a sheapskate. I am a cheapskate but the two things are coincidence.

Filthy infidel.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:37 pm

Kate P wrote:
And he's still standing?

And he has his teeth Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:27 am

905 and Kate P: get out. I find MN a very tolerant place, willing to put up with my preference of coffee over tea. But to not like either of them is just over the line.

As it happens I drank tea as a child, then went off it when I discovered coffee, was re-introduced to it working in a chipper (it's all they drink there) and have now grown fond of it after drinking it for a while in my new place in Dublin (we're constantly promised a kettle to complement our tea pot, but for now tea is just the more convenient drink). I do heart coffee though, and my girlfriend is getting me a cafetiere for Xmas, I can't wait!
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:39 am

Ah, enjoy the Cafetiere, it really will make a difference! Though you'll soon be wanting a coffee grinder, so you can buy the original granules and grind 'em yourself - tastes even better.

Was a milk drinker ( Embarassed ) til College times, became a coffee drinker as an Austauschstudent in Germany (no other option, either coffee or really expensive tea), got into tea sometime in my twenties, still can't take Earl Grey or green tea or such like stuff, give me Twinings Assam (good schtrong tea, but good-tasting) or freshly ground coffee. Mmmmm buy mine in Soho ... in the end, it all depends on taste

... though a few friends have started the hot water and lemon thing, and I fear it may not be far round the corner (having already been told by my GP to cut down on the caffeine Evil or Very Mad ) ...


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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:45 am

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... though a few friends have started the hot water and lemon thing, and I fear it may not be far round the corner (having already been told by my GP to cut down on the caffeine Evil or Very Mad ) ...

Those people are not your real friends Atticus. They have lost their way and have been misled by the false god of lemon. I would also ignore the GP as tea is a wonderful, refreshing beverage and is the best brew imaginable. Keep strong, keep to the Teaological Faith and things will be fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:51 am

Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
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... though a few friends have started the hot water and lemon thing, and I fear it may not be far round the corner (having already been told by my GP to cut down on the caffeine Evil or Very Mad ) ...

Those people are not your real friends Atticus. They have lost their way and have been misled by the false god of lemon. I would also ignore the GP as tea is a wonderful, refreshing beverage and is the best brew imaginable. Keep strong, keep to the Teaological Faith and things will be fine.

I shall hold your words close to my heart! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:54 am

Atticus wrote:
Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
Atticus wrote:


... though a few friends have started the hot water and lemon thing, and I fear it may not be far round the corner (having already been told by my GP to cut down on the caffeine Evil or Very Mad ) ...

Those people are not your real friends Atticus. They have lost their way and have been misled by the false god of lemon. I would also ignore the GP as tea is a wonderful, refreshing beverage and is the best brew imaginable. Keep strong, keep to the Teaological Faith and things will be fine.

I shall hold your words close to my heart! Smile

I would add the rider that the false god of lemon becomes a pliant deity when subjugated by the embrace of excellent Earl Grey.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:07 am

Atticus wrote:
Ah, enjoy the Cafetiere, it really will make a difference! Though you'll soon be wanting a coffee grinder, so you can buy the original granules and grind 'em yourself - tastes even better.

Was a milk drinker ( Embarassed ) til College times, became a coffee drinker as an Austauschstudent in Germany (no other option, either coffee or really expensive tea), got into tea sometime in my twenties, still can't take Earl Grey or green tea or such like stuff, give me Twinings Assam (good schtrong tea, but good-tasting) or freshly ground coffee. Mmmmm buy mine in Soho ... in the end, it all depends on taste

... though a few friends have started the hot water and lemon thing, and I fear it may not be far round the corner (having already been told by my GP to cut down on the caffeine Evil or Very Mad ) ...
Forget the EU, immigrants, the new world order and what have you. GPs are the real threat to our freedom. Listen to our resident teaologist, and embrace caffeine in all its glory!

A grinder sounds interesting alright. Are they expensive? I always feel like such a cheater for taking milk and sugar in my coffee. I've been trying to cut down on that, and I find I don't use so much with cafetiere coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:11 am

evercloserunion wrote:

Forget the EU, immigrants, the new world order and what have you. GPs are the real threat to our freedom. Listen to our resident teaologist, and embrace caffeine in all its glory!

As we say in the Chamber; hear, hear!
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:13 am

I adore tea. I cannot imagine not having at least 10 cups of it a day.

But I really really really really really detest coffee. It makes me sick.

I went to an Irish coffee morning at work recently and decided to try an Irish coffee for the first time in years. after pleadings from the woman making it. (It was a charity fundraiser.) After taking one mouthful I had to run out of the room and puke. A drink containing two drinks I detest - coffee and whiskey. Yuch.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:16 am

Papal Knight wrote:
I adore tea. I cannot imagine not having at least 10 cups of it a day.

But I really really really really really detest coffee. It makes me sick.

I went to an Irish coffee morning at work recently and decided to try an Irish coffee for the first time in years. after pleadings from the woman making it. (It was a charity fundraiser.) After taking one mouthful I had to run out of the room and puke. A drink containing two drinks I detest - coffee and whiskey. Yuch.

cheers cheers cheers cheers

You sir are the epitome of Tealogy. I salute you sir! Fare thee well, fare thee well.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:18 am

Don't think the grinder was too expensive, can't honestly remember, it was a fairly standard one in one of the main stores. Am not a minaudi-aire, so it'd have been fairly reasonable.

The granules can be reasonable or expensive, depending on what and where you buy. I think you are in Dublin, I presume Dub has some reasonable outlets. Will dig out a few names of what we've bought recently for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:22 am

Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
Papal Knight wrote:
I adore tea. I cannot imagine not having at least 10 cups of it a day.

But I really really really really really detest coffee. It makes me sick.

I went to an Irish coffee morning at work recently and decided to try an Irish coffee for the first time in years. after pleadings from the woman making it. (It was a charity fundraiser.) After taking one mouthful I had to run out of the room and puke. A drink containing two drinks I detest - coffee and whiskey. Yuch.

cheers cheers cheers cheers

You sir are the epitome of Tealogy. I salute you sir! Fare thee well, fare thee well.

The irony is that last year my boss give people in the office extremely expensive top of the range coffee as a Christmas present - the sort of stuff that costs a week's wages to get hold of only the very wealthy can afford. I gave it away - I couldn't even bare to have it in my house. This year he gave us all really really really expensive bottles of whiskey. Aaaaagh!!!! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:28 am

Papal Knight, I salute you BUT be careful, remember that famous Teaologist, Tony Benn, famous for having a mug of tea every hour on the hour ... What a Face I'll stop now cos i'm about to sound like one of those evil GPs / Health and Safety types who ruin all our lives ... keep the Teaological faith! cheers santa

( though I disagree with you on Irish coffees - I *heart* Irish coffees, especially my auntie's good strong one (both coffee and whiskey strong, they practically fight it out in the glass! drunken ) . Roll on, next week ...
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:31 am

Papal Knight wrote:
Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
Papal Knight wrote:
I adore tea. I cannot imagine not having at least 10 cups of it a day.

But I really really really really really detest coffee. It makes me sick.

I went to an Irish coffee morning at work recently and decided to try an Irish coffee for the first time in years. after pleadings from the woman making it. (It was a charity fundraiser.) After taking one mouthful I had to run out of the room and puke. A drink containing two drinks I detest - coffee and whiskey. Yuch.

cheers cheers cheers cheers

You sir are the epitome of Tealogy. I salute you sir! Fare thee well, fare thee well.

The irony is that last year my boss give people in the office extremely expensive top of the range coffee as a Christmas present - the sort of stuff that costs a week's wages to get hold of only the very wealthy can afford. I gave it away - I couldn't even bare to have it in my house. This year he gave us all really really really expensive bottles of whiskey. Aaaaagh!!!! affraid

Hmm an employer still giving out really expensive bottles of whiskey ... come on, tell us, malt? year? bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:44 am

Atticus wrote:
Papal Knight wrote:
Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
Papal Knight wrote:
I adore tea. I cannot imagine not having at least 10 cups of it a day.

But I really really really really really detest coffee. It makes me sick.

I went to an Irish coffee morning at work recently and decided to try an Irish coffee for the first time in years. after pleadings from the woman making it. (It was a charity fundraiser.) After taking one mouthful I had to run out of the room and puke. A drink containing two drinks I detest - coffee and whiskey. Yuch.

cheers cheers cheers cheers

You sir are the epitome of Tealogy. I salute you sir! Fare thee well, fare thee well.

The irony is that last year my boss give people in the office extremely expensive top of the range coffee as a Christmas present - the sort of stuff that costs a week's wages to get hold of only the very wealthy can afford. I gave it away - I couldn't even bare to have it in my house. This year he gave us all really really really expensive bottles of whiskey. Aaaaagh!!!! affraid

Hmm an employer still giving out really expensive bottles of whiskey ... come on, tell us, malt? year? bounce

I haven't a clue. I gave it to a friend. I never even checked. I cannot tell one disgusting mouthful of whiskey from another. All I know is that my friend was very happy when he looked at it and said it was a really really good one. But to me one bottle of whiskey is as bad as the other.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:47 am

Do you even know if it was Irish, scotch, American etc.? Bushmills has the potential to be very expensive (I saw a bottle of 21yo rare in the airport for €150), I'm not sure about the other Irish brands. Jameson, as far as I know, is just Jameson.

A bottle of fine Irish would have me chuffed; a bottle of glorified Jack, not so much.
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PostSubject: Re: Tea? No thanks, I'm not a Father Ted stereotype   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:51 am

Yea that is about right for the 21 year old one, they have a 1975 bottle as well which is about 200. I have a bottle of Bushmills 10 year old single malt which was a present but it is about 40 I think.
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