There are many things that I could write about Germany and tea.
On the one hand, they are much more of a tea nation than the Brits. While the British are renowned for their love of a cup of builder’s, the Germans are really fond of having a huge range of teas available at all times.
Go to any average German’s house and they will offer you everything from black tea, to peppermint, to chamomile to various other fruity varieties. When Germans have a cold the first thing they reach for is the “Erkältungstee” which as far as I can gather is a mixture of herbs meant to boost your immune system.
My rant today is therefore not about the lack of proper tea in this country (although when you ask for a black tea it is invariably Earl Grey rather than a ‘normal’ variety). Rather that cafés seem intent on defiling the tea-drinking experience by their serving it in a glass. I mean really, is there a shortage of mugs and china cups in this country because I cannot remember the last time I had a cup of tea out for it to be served in an appropriate vessel.
The problem is that by the time your tea has brewed said glass is so hot that you can’t then pick it up to drink. This is why we have mugs, with handles. Don’t be fooled by that bit of cardboard in my Instagram above either. It neither stops the conduction of heat nor makes for an enjoyable tea-drinking experience. When I am sat in a café of a weekend I do not want to be clutching a bit of cardboard around my drink like I am stood on a miserable train platform.
As I said on Twitter yesterday, I can’t imagine the Queen had to put up with this nonsense when she was visiting earlier this week. I might get in touch to see if she can organise some kind of ruling that it can only be called English Breakfast Tea when drunk from a suitable receptacle, who’s in?