I never could learn to like coffee. I tried to start drinking it when I was seventeen, because everyone around me either already drank it or was starting to at the same time. That misadventure lasted about three months. I drank about three cups one early morning in September when I had to appear on the local news for work. I had a cup or two at Christmas brunch In between, probably one or two more. But I never loved it. And I never missed it when I didn’t drink it. I grew up with tea and, later that year, started drinking it when everyone else had coffee. It was the beginning of a love affair that has gone on ever since.
Being a tea drinker is not always easy. In Vancouver, it was simple enough. In Paris, however, tea is still considered a luxury drink. You can get an incredible cup, particularly at Mariage Freres, but even the mediocre ones can set you back five or six euros at a cafe. So when we got back to Winnipeg this summer, I looked forward to enjoying affordable and enjoyable tea in coffee shops again. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that the tea here is mostly terrible.
I don’t say that lightly. I order a cup of tea almost everywhere I go – and I have been on a mission to discover as many new restaurants and cafes as possible since our arrival. Unfortunately, almost all of them serve the same brand of Earl Grey, my habitual tea choice. I don’t know the brand name, because I’ve had to reason to ask – I would never seek it out on my own. What I do know is that it invariably tastes soapy, the mixture of leaves filled with too much cornflower and not enough bergamot. I could list the places that serve it. I won’t, but I could – my most recent disappointment came at a new-to-me coffee shop just two days ago and every time, it’s a little worse. The thing is, I want to love cute local places, but I can’t love anywhere that serves bad tea.
Luckily, the one coffee shop that does serve decent tea is just a few minutes from my apartment. Little Sister isn’t just cutely decorated, although that doesn’t hurt, I admit – their tea is perfect and, in my eyes, that makes them perfect.
I suspect most of you are coffee drinkers. But tell me – can any of you commiserate with my search for the perfect cup of tea?
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