"When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything." ~UMBERTO ECO, (Foucault's Pendulum)
Sunday, January 2, 2011
A Cup of Tea
The business of making tea can be, and sometimes is, irksome and unsavoury. Here at home, I have the beatific delight of a partner who understands how to make a fabulous tea. And, should there ever be an occasion, she also knows how to brew a sturdy cup of coffee. I think after 8 years of marriage, we have understood the tea-making world, and had enough exposure to the swill that passes as coffee, that we know a good spot of tea, or a good cup 'o' joe when we have one. Almost invariably, my wife and I make the perfect green or peppermint tea. And the odd time that coffee comes about, we have mastered the necessary proficiencies to dazzle our taste-buds to satisfaction.
Critic and Author, Christopher Hitchens
So why all this talk about tea? Because I just finished reading a witty, and very personable reflection on How to Make a Decent Cup of Tea by Christopher Hitchens, one of my literary heroes. His unabashed insistence that the tea-bag be present when the boiling water is poured into the cup, and not added afterward, is 100% correct. It isn't ice fishing: you're not trying to plunge something into the water to pull it out again. It is tea: you are trying to extract the nutritive properties from the dried leaves by a process of infusion. Frankly, the dunkin' tea-bag method is woefully egregious. Mr. Hitchens, in an effort to save the ignorant from themselves, has linked to George Orwell's brief essay A Nice Cup of Tea. It is a shining example of a man who understood how to get the most from a cup.
Enjoy your reading and, most of all, thank you to Christopher Hitchens, enjoy your tea!