Tea is for Trouble

Mostly a coffee drinker
I look forward to some infrequent tea time
My last such occasion
Is the reason for this rhyme

Loved the earlier arrangements
Of teapots, doilies and all things dainty
Pouring a piping hot cuppa
And drinking it with a raised pinky

What was once so very easy
Simply putting the kettle on the boil
Today’s chai-time serving decisions
Make the brain toil and roil

Iced or warm, there’s green, black, white
Yellow, fermented, organic, blooming
Herbal, Oolong, puerh, matcha, first flush
Ceylon, Assam, Chinese, Rooibos, Darjeeling

Then there are the infusions
Dandelion, nettle, taheebo and raspberry
Not true teas in that sense
Chaga, hibiscus, chamomile and barley

Chrysanthemum, fennel, essiac and moringa
Tisane, rose, geranium, neem and peppermint
Butterfly pea flower, sencha and senna
Not to forget yerba mate and spearmint

There’s also Indian masala tea
Steaming, with milk and loads of sugar
And black pepper, clove, cardamom, lemongrass
Jasmine, basil, vanilla, bergamot, mint or ginger

You’re spoilt for choice of flavour
To be blended into the tea liquor
And deeply inhale the accompanying aroma
Before partaking at your preferred temperature

Gosh! Never thought a few minutes
To spend in peace with cup & leaf
Could be the reason for so much stress
And give me so much grief


In case you missed it, here’s one on coffee – CA-FAINT


From Linked In – Decision fatigue is a real thing, and while having lots of choices may sound like a luxury in theory, studies show it may cause stress. According to CNBC, this is hitting millennials pretty hard. A self-proclaimed “millennial therapist” opened up about the complaint she hears over and over again from 90% of her patients, who happen to be millennials: “I have too many choices and I can’t decide what to do.” She recommends identifying your options and what you can control.



  1. When I was a kid, a cup of tea was a Lipton tea bag. Orange pekoe, take it or leave it. You made your cawfee in a percolator, to the strength you preferred, and on special occasions your Italian aunt or uncle would break out the tiny espresso pot. The “adults” would add anisette or Sambuca to the strong brew.

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