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Wednesday, June 03, 2021

I’ve gotten some flack over the way I prefer my daily cup(s) of tea: Namely, with the teabag permanently dunked into the cup of hot water, never to emerge until I’ve drained said cup dry.

That comes off as an overly bitter-strong brew to some. But that’s how I like it. It gives me a strong jolt of flavor and caffeine, which I take as benefits. But mainly, it’s a habit rooted in pure laziness on my part. I just figured at some point that it was too much trouble to lift the bag out of the cup after x number of minutes, and have to deal with that drippy mess. So I just leave it in. In fact, when at home, I now even take the minor trouble of grabbing a pair of scissors, and snipping off the string after I’ve poured the water, thus consigning the pouch of leaves to sink irretrievably to the bottom of the cup.

Some may consider this a veritable drowning of the tea leaves. In fact, when considering the traditional water-sieved steeping methods for preparing Chinese tea, you go a step further and characterize my brewing technique to be a veritable water-flogging.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/03/2021 04:58:36 PM
Category: Food
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