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    Sydney Morning Herald (
    18th April 2005

    Hooma Mishra demands equal rights for tea drinkers.

    I am suffering from a new strain of virus. Its called the "lets ostracise people who dont drink coffee" virus, and there is no law in place to protect me.

    Why is there this societal expectation placed upon us to be coffee drinkers?

    Has something happened to Sydney? Suddenly I am noticing that not drinking coffee during the day has put me in the same social category as vegans, fruitarians and hippies.

    When my boss recently offered to buy me a cup of coffee, why did he recede in his shoes upon hearing that I preferred a cup of self-brewed Earl Grey?

    Why can people "duck out" for a coffee during the day with the full support of their employers, and spend a good 15 minutes walking to the cafe that does the "good coffee" and then spend another 10 minutes drinking this substance?

    If I spent the same 25 minutes a day on ducking to the shoe shop to see what new styles they had got in, I would be called to the HR managers office for a discipline-related chat.

    And back to the coffee: why havent these chosen coffee shops realised that they are in demand, and abandoned their hole-in-the-wall concept to move to better, larger premises where more than one person can be served at any given time?

    Despite working in one of the citys blue-chip buildings, which has two perfectly decent coffee shops on its premises, my colleagues feel the need to display their coffee superiority by declaring the caffeine in these shops unfit for consumption, thus justifying marathons to alternative providers.

    Or perhaps it is just my naivete shining through; I have never grown up drinking coffee, and therefore cannot taste the difference. Consequently, I have managed to avoid an addiction to a substance which so many of my friends and colleagues cannot function without.

    I do find it intriguing that the same respect is not paid to us, the humble tea drinkers. Rather than being provided with an array of tasty and herbal teas at meetings, all tea drinkers are dumped in the same bag (pun intended) and given cheap tea bags.

    Why do we put up with substandard, sometimes tepid, often tasteless, tea options, when our coffee-drinking counterparts are so generously catered for? Why do we get a look of patronising pity, rather than compassion, when we say we are craving for a cuppa? Why is having a cup of tea in the same social category at sitting down for a nice knit? And why is it cool to drink tea only when you are backpacking through Turkey or India?

    I demand equal rights for tea drinkers, support from my employer for me to spend 15 minutes making a nice pot of tea in the kitchen, and encouragement from my colleagues when I announce that I cannot look at a brief until I have a cup of tea. And I demand that cafes seriously consider their moral justification in charging me $3 for a tea bag and cup of hot water.


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    Re: Down with the coffee elitists -SMH

    Gee, Sounds like this person needs a cuppa.... COFFEE

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    Re: Down with the coffee elitists -SMH

    Sounds like a case of chronic sexual repression also....think I know what he really wants ;)

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