Will Tea Lose The Battle?

As I write this post, I am enjoying my mid morning mug of excellent coffee brewed in an Italian machine. I however still prefer my wake up beverage to be tea which I have first thing in the morning and after my siesta.

India is a country of tea drinkers. Ginger tea, masala tea, cardamom tea, Irani tea, plain tea, cutting tea and so on and so forth. In the Southern parts, coffee is holding its position despite onslaught from the ubiquitous Malyali chaya kadai attached to a bakery. In the Northern parts the Coffee Board had to set up Coffee Houses to popularise the beverage and succeeded in many places to make them meeting places for the intelligentsia.

Recently however, coffee is making a big splash all over India, a trend started off by Cafe Coffee Day followed by Barista and now Starbucks have also moved in sensing a big shift. These Cafes are ideal places for trysts of all kinds and I have enjoyed visiting a few of them in Pune.

The fun of having tea of tea shops however is irreplaceable and I doubt that tea will ever lose its place as the prime choice of beverage for most Indians.

In this context this article in the Guardian does not come as a surprise to me at all. Brewing tea is a cumbersome process compared to making coffee and our life styles have changed so much from those old days of leisurely afternoon teas and morning elevenses that coffee is making major inroads into one niche, even in England.

29 thoughts on “Will Tea Lose The Battle?”

  1. Ramana, I sometimes ‘joke’ (or so people think) that the only reason I left my country of origin because my country men are obsessed with coffee. Coffee in the morning. Coffee and cake in the afternoon. Let’s just say that I never ever phone my parents between three and four in the afternoon. So holy is their coffee hour they wouldn’t even take my call.

    I don’t drink coffee. Doesn’t agree with me. Gives my stomach and fingers the jitters. Literally. Tea? Similar. Though I do swear by the healing powers of herbal teas. There is nothing in this world that a soothing cup of camomile will not cure.

    You say making tea is “cumbersome”. In which case do not watch the Angel making his brew. He takes the shortest of short cuts with a teaBAG which even I (and I am his mother) find painful to witness.

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    1. I think that the tea bag tea is the worst beverage possible. I keep it for some of my friends who insist on having only that. The best tea in my opinion and for my taste is what I make with grated fresh ginger and milk.

  2. Neither Kettle brewed Tea nor Filter Coffee will lose their ‘flavour’.
    For 30+ years now, from the time I took over the tradition of the men-first-in-kitchen from my father, the Tea first Coffee next tradition is alive and kicking. First Drink – Freshly grated ginger, a dash of lavang and a pinch of elaichi brewed with ‘Brooke Bond Red Label Natural Care’. Side by side, Coffee Filter percolating the decoction. My Current Combi – 40% Peaberry, 40% Plantation A and 20% Powder from the local Coffee Day Grinding Outlet sourced fresh every 10 days. Traditional Coffee is best with freshly-first-time-on the-boil-milk. Enjoy the ritual for two reasons – the Taste and the Cost. Both Tea and Coffee are at Rs.3/- to Rs.4- a mug [ approx 1.5 Cups ]. One secret why my ‘fan-club’ stays seduced !!

    1. Brook Bond Red Label Tea has been our family favourite too for decades. Coffee however has been use what is available and since I have two CCD outlets close to home, I have plunked for their offerings.

  3. I am an avowed coffee drinker in a similar vein as Shkanker. I also like e good cup of tea “- especially splice tea. BUit you are correctp – making a good cuppa is a long process. I SUSPECT tea will remain the favorite in India just as coffees will remain so here in the states.

  4. While I like tea, I’m afraid it’s never been something I drink on a regular basis. Of course, here in the US, one would be hard pressed to find any sort of tea shop in most places. We have given our son-in-law gift cards for a tea shop in Little Rock, but wouldn’t have even known it was there if our daughter hadn’t told us. Coffee, on the other hand, is ubiquitous here.

    I drink mine just black, now — see my related post in the link “Just black, please.”
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  5. At home I drink both tea and plain coffee depending on my gastric mood. But when I’m out I always have coffee as I like a properly-made latté. And strangely enough, although I can’t stand instant coffee, I’m quite happy with teabags.
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  6. As I type, I have a refreshing beaker of freshly boiled water at my side. It is also how I like to begin my day, but I will boil the full kettle full and drink all of it. Most days the freshly ground coffee is introduced after lunch, and I drink it black with one sugar. I have several cups of coffee for the remainder of the day interspersed with hot water or an apple in late afternoon. The apple seems to restore the blood sugar levels and satisfy the need for the usual coffee. Tea is not for me, I gave it up years ago.
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  7. what? the idea of no tea on the sceptered silver isle?
    that makes me sad.
    and i don’t even like tea! i just want the tea there for my romantic ideal of both england and india.
    so drink your tea rummy and i will breathe easier. and i will smile.
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