As a lifelong tea drinker, I have been enjoying mom’s Mrs. Tea brewer for several months now. You coffee people have the luxury of a machine you can fill the night before and set to have brewed your stinking beverage by the time you wake up. Not so we tea drinkers.
The closest I ever got was to put the tea bags in Mrs. Tea and fill the water reservoir the night before, but I still had to push the button and wait for it to brew and steep in the morning.
Real tea drinkers just threw up in their mouths a little bit. That is because REAL tea drinkers pour FRESH water JUST OFF THE BOIL over FRESH tea LEAVES, not those ridiculous bags of tea dust.
But I got used to it, god knows why. Lately, however, Mrs. Tea began experiencing…ahem…incontinence issues. I searched and searched The Wise Internet for a cure to no avail but I did find this: Mrs. Tea Retires. The first three paragraphs about Mrs. Tea’s decline are spot on, not to mention hilarious.
After I first read it, I didn’t understand why she had to be retired. MY Mrs. Tea, after all, only leaked a little bit from the top of the brew basket when I first poured the water in. I put a paper towel down to absorb it the light shower. More recently, however, it has been more of downpour. The evidence:
Note the wetness of the paper towel “mat” EVEN IN THE BACK. So I think it’s time to retire her to my newly organized workshop area in the garage for future dissection. After all, I have some lovely teapots I never use:
Maybe I’ll even start buying loose tea again, like a proper yea drinker.