In recent years, tea has become more mainstream/popular in the US. Being a daily tea drinker, this sounds like good news to me. Unfortunately, various frou-frou purveyors of tea are taking advantage of the trend to market flavored-up, artfully packaged, pricey, cutesy "teas" to the unwary public; many of these fancy concoctions don't even contain tea. I don't need fancy tea, just a simple black tea - PG Tips is my go-to at home.
Twice lately I was in establishments who had purchased an impressive selection of fancy teas to offer to their customers. I was asked what kind I would like and I told them, "plain black tea, hot, thank you." In both places this caused great confusion. The very nice people at both places ended up bringing their tea tins to the table/counter to allow me to see them and choose.
To the chagrin of all, neither of them actually had a plain black tea to offer to me. They had only berries, blossoms, herbs, zests, etc.
Now, let's say a restaurant DOES happily have a nice, real tea to offer.....seldom is the water a) hot enough to brew the tea, b) free enough of impurities to not adversely affect the taste, and c) free of, yes, COFFEE flavor! which comes from running water through the coffee machine to (semi) heat it.
A nice cup of tea is one of my favorite small pleasures, but it sure is hard to find one!
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