T Leave or T Leaf It

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T Leave or T Leaf It – That Is The Question!

How many of you drink Tea and how many drink coffee and how many drink both?

If you do drink Tea, do you do so by ‘tea bag or do you drink via the old fashioned method of tea leaves and tea strainer? How many of you are even familiar with the method of tea leaves and strainer?

Today Suze and l whilst at our coffee morning, we over heard the conversation between two ladies in their 60’s talking to the lady at the counter – they were requesting tea leaves over tea bags and they were met with the answer of ‘”No one drinks tea leaves any more, it’s all tea bags!”

Their response was “Oh l say how extraordinary [no lie], that’s all we drink when we are at home! The Amercans and the Australians we have for tea love it!”

The counter lady just looked at them agog, and asked what the Americans and the Australians had to do with anything – considering they didn’t know a tea bag from a golf bag?!”

The two ladies walked away in a huff and the lady at the counter muttered to herself and got on with what she had been doingย  … Suze and l giggled to each other, however – it did make me think about T Leaves and the T Leaf.

I remember the days of tea leaves long before tea bags were a thing – messy bloody things – even with a tea strainer – but do people drink tea with a tea bag or tea leaves?ย  If so which is preferred?

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32 thoughts on “T Leave or T Leaf It

  1. I love coffee, the freshly brewed sort, but can drink the instant one in a heart beat. Same with tea. On special occasions I brew a pot of earl grey and enjoy it. When we went to Turkey we got special floral teas from the famed spice bazaar. It is supposed to relax you and make you sleep better. I donโ€™t know where I have put it! Lol!๐Ÿ˜…

  2. Before tea bags became a ‘thing’, we always used leaves & a strainer. I use the bags now, because it’s easier, but I do think it tastes much better brewed with the leaves. I hardly ever drink hot tea though, as it’s always iced for us here. Coffee is made with the Keurig machine, but I still have my top of the stove drip coffee maker & use it sometimes.
    Interesting question.
    Happy Friday & weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. As chance would have it, I drink loose leaf tea daily through a strainer. It’s green tea I get sent from a farm in Shizuoka, Japan. Finally, I have the opportunity to discuss my habit online. Thank you for the opportunity. When it comes to an English cuppa, I just stick to a standard bag. That counter lady was pretty rude though she may have had a point. Good story. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I’m more of a coffee lover than tea (try to contain your shock) but I DO drink tea occasionally. Generic black in a bag. Sometimes an herbal in a bag.
    I was given a little two cup pot with a a removable strainer for Christmas one year, so I occasionally use loose leaf tea. It IS messier than bags but the only way if it’s a special blend.

    That counter girl was rude. What was her problem I wonder? And why take it out on customers? People are an interesting study…from a distance.๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Coffee first thing in the morning. TEA all day long. and I do not use bagged teas at all, and haven’t for years. I have six tea strainers……four that have a chain on them with a hook at the end to latch onto the cup’s handle..and the others are long with the strainer on the end that opens with a springlike thingy. I LOVE Chai, black tea, white teas, green teas…flavored teas……….Right now I have seventeen different tea blends in little tins. Want GREAT teas? order online from spicetradersteas.com out of california. The lady blends them herself and they are priced cheaply enough anyone can afford to order from her. Her pirate chai is to die for. (she should give me a percentage for bragging on her stuff!)

  6. I buy real coffee when out, and at home I make one cup at a time for myself with a filter. I canโ€™t stand instant coffee. I can go either way on tea, but I almost always use bags because theyโ€™re more convenient. Iโ€™m picky about flavor though and vastly prefer Constant Comment black tea with orange spice over anything else.

  7. Iโ€™m a coffee man. I grind my own beans and make it fresh every morning. I rarely drink tea, and when I do, itโ€™s always iced tea.

  8. Nice post Rory ๐Ÿ˜€.

    As you know I don’t drink coffee but I do drink tea every now and then Lipton bottled sweet tea, I can’t remember the last time I actually made tea. My grandmother use to make sun browed tea using hole leaves she would put in a big jar and she had little tea balls for putting tea leaves in to make a hot cup of tea.


      1. They were little wire balls that opened up to put tea leaves in and had a little chain on them to easily remove them.

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        1. Just trying to make sure we’re talking about the same thing. ๐Ÿ˜ I’m not sure how old the ones my grandmother had were but I know they were made of silver and antices and my mother had a fet if we touched them.

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