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    I'm sipping my morning cuppa right now (a nice Assam from the Daisajan estate, with milk). Such a wondrous beverage--a huge range of tastes and "weights" even within the same geographical region, and it can be either bracing or comforting, a stand-alone refreshment or a perfect accompaniment. In the summer there's nothing on earth more refreshing than plain iced tea (not the sweet kind, feh!). And it's even got health benefits!

    I used to drink mine black, until the day I got to England while I was on foreign study--took the night boat from the Continent, got to the hostel during breakfast, and was feeling in need of a pick-me-up. So I drank several mugs of youth hostel tea, which was strong enough to take the paint off your car. And I drank it black. The ensuing flames of fire in my poor stomach kept me awake much more effectively than the caffeine. So from that day forward, I have taken my tea with milk.

    "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."--George Farquhar

    by slapshoe on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:22:12 AM PDT

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