Ugly, ain’t they?
When I am paying damn good money for something hot and wet, in a cafe which has 15 different ways that one can have one’s coffee, you better believe that I expect you to make up a pot of tea using loose leaves, not just a teabag. You are not a greasy spoon diner, mmkay?
Do cafes feel that teapots don’t go with their postmodern decor? The pots don’t have to look like refugees from a British etiquette primer or a country living guide
they can be just as chromed and glassed as one desires and still make proper tea, and with the advantages of built-in infusers so that there’s no need for strainers at the table.
I know there’s been a few other ranters out there who share my disdain for teabags when out. If it’s the local hamburger joint that dishes up instant coffee for the other caffeine fix that’s one thing – one just gets on with wetting one’s whistle. But if it’s a cafe or restaurant with a gleaming chrome coffee machine worth thousands of dollars, full of baristas who would spit at the mention of instant coffee as an insult to their training in extracting the perfect essence of coffee beans, how dare they treat those of us who sometimes prefer a cup of tea with any less respect in the preparation of our beverage?
So, who has a cafe to recommend that does actually go to the immense bother of using looseleaf tea? Doesn’t matter where – even if I never get to it another reader might well thank you for the knowledge.