Monday, March 03, 2008

Coffee vs. Tea

Why are coffee drinkers treated better thank tea drinkers in restaurants? Coffee drinkers are given multiple refills. Someone even comes to your table and fills the mug back up before the last mouthful is swallowed. Tea drinkers are lucky to get enough hot water for even one full mug. Some restaurants will even set a carafe of coffee on your table so you can refill at your leisure. But not for tea drinkers: one teabag and one small pitcher of hot water and that's it.

Tea is the simplest thing on the planet: a bag of leaves and some hot water. That's it. There's no foam, there's no double shot, there's no ordering it "skinny" -- it's just a bag. And depending on where you might order your tea, sometimes it's loose leaves filtered through a napkin. What could be more rustic and rudimentary??

So why are tea drinkers treated like red-headed step-children? I am a proud drinker of tea (Earl Grey if you have it). And I demand to be treated just as good as someone who is drinking Maxwell House, Decaf, or even a 13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel (which, by the way, costs $13.76 at Starbuck's).


  1. And let's not forget how much fun tea bagging can be.

    (OK, someone needed to make the joke, even if it is a bad one.)

  2. Hahahaha! Just order your tea iced...usually comes with free refills then.

  3. I enjoy both. I enjoy coffee in the mornings and tea in the afternoons and evenings. Green tea has the most health benefits of both, so remember that when you are choosing tea! (Black is second but both are the same plant.)

  4. I hear you. Normally they bring a cup full of hot water AND a container of hot water. Where does the tea bag go? They want me to teabag the cup and then move it over to the container? These are the issues of a tea drinker.

    By the way, how did Hawaii go? I'm just asking because I live on Kauai.

    Best Aloha,


  5. At my restaurant, the tea service is a pain in the ass. We're talking side plate, two doilies, hot water urn (one that isn't caked with disgustingness always needs to be dug around for), coffee cup (one that isn't caked with...oh, you know), cream, lemon, teaspoon, sugar caddy, and teabag. And if three people at one table order tea, have fun trying to fit all three setups on your tray.

    If it truly was just a bag of leaves and hot water, I'd sell tea to every guest that walked through the door. But at my lame-o eatery, it's a full-scale production.

    That said, that should have no impact on your service. Coffee or tea, I love you the same.