Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A soothing cup of tea



In my thirties, as a businessman, I drank coffee. But as soon as I retired (very early) I chose tea. It is good company for a writer. I love tea - all kinds of it, from classic Darjeeling and Ceylon, to jasmine and green tea. Plus the wild varieties nature offers - down to the most soothing: sage and chamomile infusion.

How do I understand Dr. Samuel Johnson when he described himself:

"A hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with his tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning".

Well said, back in 1757!

10 comments:

Churchwarden said...

Was your business coffee with sugar?

Is your retirement tea with sugar?

Sugar is all I think about.

proinos said...

I also like tea!
No sugar please...

Dion.M. said...

Ι always preferred coffee than tea. The smell of coffee reminds me the feelings of partnership. A cup of coffee was always my stimulating comrade in hard work or the soothing partner during vacations.

But there are some exceptions when I prefer tea: When I am ill or during my travels to Asia or Africa. There is explanation… I don’t want to fall sick.

Conclusion: In Europe I prefer coffee. In Asia or Africa I prefer tea. In North America I’d prefer coffee. In the South I’d choose tea.

MainMenu said...

well if you 're copying Johnson's tea habits it's no wonder you can't sleep well at night...:)


next time please solace your midnight thrills with a goodnight cup of milk instead:)))

athanasia said...

Being a hardened and shameless coffee drinker myself, I very much appreciate the aggreeable warmth and shape of a kettle and the relaxing sound of fine tea cups and friendly voices around, while I enjoy my cup of coffee among tea drinkers. :)

Aphrodite said...

Τea: soothing, elegant, classy, even breezy when chilled. The encapsulation of aether.

But I'd rather have strong coffee on any given day: a sip speaks volumes. A solid drink on wheels. Everything tea is NOT!

Give me coffee any time of the day, even if you curse it like the vulgar relative from a far away (Texan-like) ranch, coming to visit the aristos in Paris.

And yes, it can be soothing at will: as long as you have someone preparing it for you. For breakfast. The day after. Or any day after. Or in-between...

And as far as sugar is concerned, @proinos... pour your sugar on me! :))


PS1- I dread the day I'll see Boy George's words "Sex? I'd rather have a cup of tea!" winking at me!
PS2- Having said that, maybe tea is an acquired taste and all I need is a mentor...
Coffee anyone? :)))

ghost said...

I was a rather heavy coffee drinker until I got a cardiac arhythmia (atrial flutter) and had to undergo an ablation (without anesthesia mind you). Before entering the operating room the surgeon clearly told me to avoid coffee (and Cola) altogether. So now I dink tea, preferably green with jasmin, or Cretan herb tea (malotira, who some pretend comes from the expression «tirer le mal»). Of course once and a while I cheat with a cup of decafeinated coffee but I never get the same sensation as before ...

tam-tam-tam said...

wow...!I must be the only one who didn't get the deeper meaning of this text!Which was finaly (...obviously ...clearly ...and as I come to realise) about "whether you prefer coffee or tea",when I thought it was about ..tea and tea mainly(if not only :S )! And it's not like I "cut my vein"(=an ancient greek quote which means "to get very enthusiasted with something") for tea.I do appreciate it though.
But since that's how the doodling goes and if I had to do any comparison,I would compare tea's pros and cons and pros would win for me in opposition to coffee.It doesn't taste as bad as coffee(in reference to my taste),it can't give you a "heart attack" as coffee (not in reference to my case,thank god...) ,it warms you by giving you this earthly taste. I must say though, that my true preference(that exceeds any other)is cacao and I need not to refer to it's qualities because they are innumerable to me and I 've already said a lot!

Ηλεκτρολόγος said...

The most interesting thing of a tee cup is the cup’s paintings.

aggelos-x-aggelos said...

Welcome again!
I'll try...

Good luck!