The Dire Consequences of Room-Temperature Tea

When I was a teenager, I stopped putting ice
in my “iced” tea, and started drinking it right
out of the pitcher at room temperature. After an
initial phase of alarm on the part of my family, they
sort of just decided that if I was too lazy to put ice
in my tea, then I deserved to suffer all the
consequences that might entail, which,
I have to tell you, weren’t very serious
consequences in the end. I still enjoyed
strong and sweet freshly brewed tea,
but I didn’t have to worry about ice
trays or running out of room in the
freezer or any of that stuff. I was just
happy in my own kind of way.

A few years ago, I moved to England,
where nobody drinks iced tea,
so ice is no longer an issue, but
I still drink tea at room temperature,
which surprises the people who notice,
because most people don’t drink tea
that has “gone cold” around here.
I do, of course, and it isn’t really a
problem so long as I hold onto my
tea mug in case someone notices
it has gone cold and dumps it in the sink.

And, yes, in both countries I still get
judgmental comments about how I like
a little tea in my sugar, but I’m not bothered.

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Randy Horton

Thu 5th Dec 2019 06:20

When I first read it, I thought someone was both dad and grand dad to the same person.

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Don Matthews

Wed 4th Dec 2019 22:19

Confusing Dad and Grandad Ran
Needing sort in head
Is due to drinking tea-gone-cold
Have this not you read?

And you a man of great learning ?...

He must've missed it somewhere along the line Don....

Drink your coffee before it goes cold. You don't want to go deaf.....

Must have missed that somewhere along the line Thale...

And you a man of great learning ?.....


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 4th Dec 2019 15:45


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Randy Horton

Wed 4th Dec 2019 15:06

I misread the comment about the Dad and Grandad at first. Glad I got it sorted out in my head.

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AM Cash

Mon 2nd Dec 2019 21:57

I do drink room temperature tea, reminds me of my grandad, he always drank his tea like that. We both struggled with too hot tea. He was a good man and great grandad, quite literally, when my cousin got pregnant.

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Don Matthews

Sun 1st Dec 2019 05:23

You seem quite happy Randy
Drinking your iced tea
Iced in just name only
Stone-cold though it be

Hands real tightly clasped around
Your cup is good I think
Cos who would ever want their
Unfinished down the sink



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