World War Tea - English Vs American Tea [Pic]

Submitted by: Mazztek 3 years ago in







The tea in Boston harbor was cold. Just sayin".
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Male 252
@ McGovern

RICH HALL, a US stand-up comic, explained: when you go to work in the morning, if your name is on the front of the building, you`re upper class; if your name is on your desk, you`re middle class; and if your name is on your shirt, you`re working class.
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Male 1,154
Angilion, I am currently in the states, but I am originally from the Netherlands. I assumed the bag in a cup thing was an American habit and am surprised to find it is common in England as well.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Iced tea was invented in 1904.[/quote]

It was invented before then, sometime in the mid-late 1800s. There are recipes from the 1870s.

It became widespread in 1904 because that was when it was sold to the public on a fairly large scale and got media coverage.

[quote]How is it no one thought to drink it cold all those centuries it was around before then?[/quote]

i) It`s made hot, so people thought of it as a hot drink.

ii) Ice wasn`t generally reliably available at a reasonable cost until the invention of artificial refridgeration at a reasonable cost, which was ~1900.
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Male 12,365
[quote]The English got their tea from India not from China.[/quote]

Not originally. Tea became very commonplace in England when it was grown in India, but it was originally obtained from China. Given how badly England acted to get tea from China (massive scale drug running followed by outright war), I expect English businessmen simply stole tea plants or seeds from China in order to grow tea in India.
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Male 12,365
[quote]beer might come from egypt originally[/quote]

I`m almost sure that the oldest known beer is Sumerian, but it`s not proven where it came from originally because beer is prehistoric. We only know about the Sumerian beer because it was carved on a piece of stone that was discovered by archaeologists in modern times.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Why do people use a tea bag in a mug? Isn`t that wasting tea? A tea bag is meant for an entire pot.[/quote]

Perhaps you have bigger teabags in the USA or you like your tea weaker.

Over here, a teabag is the right amount for a mug of tea. More than one would be used for a teapot (how many would depend on the size of the teapot).

In some cases, you might use 2 teabags in one mug, if you have a very large mug and like strong tea. Yorkshire comes to mind - tea strong enough to stand the spoon in and mugs that hold half a pint or more.
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Male 653
@McGovern If you think that people correcting you is pretentious, then yes, I think the British are a pretentious bunch. But by the same token, plenty of North Americans could be said to be as well.
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Male 1,154
Why do people use a tea bag in a mug? Isn`t that wasting tea? A tea bag is meant for an entire pot.
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Male 14,331
[quote]Come on dear boy, try and use the language we bequeathed unto you.[/quote]

Thanks for supporting the original statement.

[quote]McGovern getting it wrong as usual. In UK, tea drunk by the working class, coffee by the middle class. [/quote]

Say whaaaa? Working class isn`t middle class at all? Lets talk about getting things wrong.....

[quote]Tea times? Is that like an Oirish three times table? Or do you think, you know using the Queen`s English and all, that you meant to shorten the phrase `Tea time is` in which case you were missing some good old English punctuation, you heathen drater.[/quote]

Wow ya a missing apostrophe you must be a wise one if you need to discern the meaning of words.... Back to that original statement thanks for proving my point.

These little girls get quite upset when you knock their little tea parties. Did you miss that whole world war tea theme?
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Male 1,104
lol, and frankly, how can you call tea bags "proper tea"? brrr, good tea for me is always loose leaf tea.
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Male 1,104
the whole "x did it first" argument is such nonsense, though. who cares who did it first, and how they did it.

cocoa was first consumed in latin america brewed in water with chili powder added. interesting, but i still prefer a nice cup of van houten, brewed with milk and sugar.

beer might come from egypt originally, but take a quick look at egypt and the u.s. today and tell me which country has more exciting choices ...
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Male 1,104
The English got their tea from India not from China.
No Chinese tea is taken with milk and sugar.
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historically incorrect. tea does come from china, and the british pilfered the plants and started growing them in their colony india to break the chinese monopoly on tea.
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Male 2,850
@Gerry1of1

"Iced tea was invented in 1904. How is it no one thought to drink it cold all those centuries it was around before then?"

I don`t care enough to look into it, but I`d hazard a hypothesis: that sounds about the right kind of year to match up nicely with the widespread availability of inexpensive ice via electric refridgeration.
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Male 5,872
I have consumed hot tea in many countries, nearly all of them without milk. (-UK).
The only tea to drink cold is Long Island iced tea, mixed by a properly trained bar-tender.
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Male 252
@FredSpudman

You`re broadly right of course, but when you`re dealing with McGovern you need to keep it really REALLY simple. He`s not too good with facts.
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Female 8,001
just for the record- yes, you can buy a kind of tea bag in the US- but you cannot make builders tea with it.
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Female 2,549
The English got their tea from India not from China.
No Chinese tea is taken with milk and sugar.
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Female 4,447
It is now, Listy. It is now. ;-)
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Male 3,147
" I like a good oolong with a spoon of honey"

Is that some sort of euphemism dear?
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Female 4,447
For hot tea, I like a good oolong with a spoon of honey. For iced tea, I want it just a bit sweet, absolutely no lemon or raspberry. Actually, I really like peach Snapple. Wait! Does this mean they don`t have Snapple in England?
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Male 39,610

Iced tea was invented in 1904. How is it no one thought to drink it cold all those centuries it was around before then?
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Male 3,147
"Tea times for little girls and old women those with important things to do drink coffee. I expect none the less from the pretentious brits."

Tea times? Is that like an Oirish three times table? Or do you think, you know using the Queen`s English and all, that you meant to shorten the phrase `Tea time is` in which case you were missing some good old English punctuation, you heathen drater.
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Male 12,365
They`ve shot themselves in this "tea temperature war" by citing ancient China as the ultimate authority on tea. The ancient Chinese, unsurprisingly, had their tea hot. They also shot themselves with their underlying argument, namely that authority with tea rests on the length of time for which it`s been drunk in your country. That would make England more of an authority than the USA. It would also make hot tea far more correct than iced tea, as hot tea (of some kind, not necessarily with the modern tea plant) is prehistoric and iced tea is <150 years old.

So their argument is total rubbish. A much better argument is that the right way to make tea is the way you like it. Make it with warm yak`s wee if you want to - that would be the right way for you. And there`s probably a website for people into it :)
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Female 92
I dont much like McD`s, but I LOVE their sweet tea. Portion control. Portion control.
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Female 2,228
I`m afraid the Ruskies have us all beat, they have an unusually bitter tea (forget the name) that`s too much for the liver to handle in large doses and can kill you. Because Russia.

Additionally, a story from down Texas way, a waiter set out iced sweet tea for a group of visiting Brits and watched in horror as everyone took a sip and promptly spat out the offending beverage in seconds flat. When asking why they didn`t enjoy it they replied. "We thought it was some kind of soft drink, it certainly wasn`t tea of any kind." XD



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Male 653
@mikesex both tea and coffee transcend class as well as gender.
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Male 653
@McGovern "I expect none the less from the pretentious brits." Come on dear boy, try and use the language we bequeathed unto you.
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Male 653
@mikesex both tea and coffee transcend class as well as gender.
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Female 2,691
Uh, Madduck? U.S. stores sell tea bags.
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Male 3,115
I like cold tea- no sugar- with a lime slice. And I live in the South... ish.
At restaurants, after ordering tea this way, I always have to check to make sure that it`s not that throat-choking, give-you-diabetes sweet stuff.
Gak!
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Female 1,329
I like both hot tea and slightly sweetened iced tea. I still want to taste the actual tea when I drink it.
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Male 252
McGovern getting it wrong as usual. In UK, tea drunk by the working class, coffee by the middle class.
Nothing to do with gender.
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Female 8,001
Every time I go over to the US I have to take so many tea bags I run out of luggage space. Then I end up teaching people how to make proper builders tea. I don`t like tea, I drink coffee...
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Male 8,438
@DuckBoy87

I wasn`t dissing Unsweet tea. Everyone has different tastse (the old `peanut butter vs. mayo on a banana sandwich` debate).

Just my opinion on how to make Sweet tea. Obviously, if everyone liked sweet it`d be in more restaurants.
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Male 3,625
@MeGrendel, I live about a 40 minute drive north of the Mason-Dixon line, and at most restaurants they have three kinds of iced tea. Unsweetened, sweet, and premade garbage (Lipton).

I actual hate sweet tea and if I want some sugar in my tea I`ll take half a glass of sweet tea and a half glass of unsweetened tea to get it to my preferred sweetness level. Of course, I`ll drink iced tea without any sugar at all, and I`m just fine with that.
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Male 14,331
Tea times for little girls and old women those with important things to do drink coffee. I expect none the less from the pretentious brits.
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Male 8,438
Note: In some of them Yankee type restaurants, they DO NOT HAVE Sweet tea. They will bring you a glass of iced unsweetened tea *shudder*.

As it is impossible to properly sweeten iced unsweet tea using sugar (it doesn`t desolve), just asked the waiter for some Simple-Syrup. Works much better.

Another possibility is to order tea-no-ice and a seperate glass of ice. Sweeten the warm tea, then pour over ice.
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Male 8,438
The proper way to make Sweet Iced Tea.

Place four (4) family sized tea bags-



into a tea kettle.



Set on stove (gas preferably) and ALMOST bring to a boil.

Turn off stove and let tea bags steep for half a day.

Put appropriate amount of sugar into tea pitcher. Pour tea over sugar. Re-fill kettle with hot water, and pour into pitcher. Continue process until pitcher is full. Stir to desolve sugar.

Serve over ice. Tea should be dark, sweet and cold.



Note: Lemons have no place in Sweet tea.
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Male 3,625
I didn`t realize that iced tea was a foreign concept.
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Male 1,215
Nasty stuff.
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Male 586
Link: World War Tea - English Vs American Tea [Pic] [Rate Link] - The tea in Boston harbor was cold. Just sayin`.
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