Tea. That which cures all.
Feeling sick? A nice cup of tea will sort you out.
Really upset about something? Been crying? A nice cup of tea with plenty of sugar is just what you need.
Had a nasty shock? A nice cup of tea with plenty of sugar or maybe a drop of something special (wink, wink) will make it all ok.
For years we have drank (drunk?) tea by the load in Ireland. It was our national drink besides Guinness. A nice cup of tea. Sure we have the highest consumption of tea per capita – in the WORLD – at an average of six cups per day!
But then along came the Celtic Tiger and all those who followed in his wake. Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Coffee Society, Barnies and any other number of coffee shops sprang up, not to mention the latté-cappucino-mocha making monstrosities that were now installed in every café between here and Ballybunion.
Along with many others I fell into the trap.
“Oooh you can get a frothy cappucino thingymajig here? Yum”
And I’d get the cappucinos and the lattés and the mochas. But recently I realised that these were mostly a habit of being ‘out’. I never drink coffee at home, I prefer tea. Yes I prefer tea. So what the hell was I doing?
A large coffee makes me feel slightly queasy. The first time I had a mocha from Starbucks, my heart started to palpitate and I thought I was going to have a coronary! Tea is less expensive and I like it. So I’ve stopped drinking coffee quite so much – I still do love a vanilla latté though 😉 – but judging by the amount of people now talking about ‘meeting for tea’ instead of ‘meeting for coffee’ I don’t think I’m the only one. I think it’s a new trend back to the oul cupán tae and I approve.
I’m off to boil the kettle now for some tea and milky goodness mmmmm.