Coffee, tea, and you

As I sit here in another hotel room enjoying a cup of tea, it seems worthwhile to post these two tips for making tea in one of those hotel mini coffeemakers:

  1. Bring your own tea. Not because your tastes are so refined that you can’t imagine drinking the generic tea you get in those little plastic packages in the room (although that might also be true), but because the tea in those packages picks up the smell of coffee. And if you wanted to drink something that smells and tastes like coffee, you would have made coffee.
  2. Remove the filter cup and pot top before heating the water. This is another coffee contamination thing. If the coffeemaker is old, the plastic of these parts has picked up the smell/taste of coffee, and the water running through it will give your tea an off-taste of coffee. And if you wanted to drink coffee…