Tea Terminology You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know
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Tea Terminology You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

At the four-ish coffee shops I frequent, I have a standing order – or really, separate standing orders. Which is to say I mostly choose the same things from each of them, give or take a visit. At the coffee place and its sister shop (with the worlds most frigid bathroom), I get coffee. House roast, generally, with a dash of sugar and cream. At the other place or when I’ve had too much caffeine for the day, I go with tea, either peppermint, gunpowder green, or my trusty Earl Grey. And once I’ve finished my coffee, or if it is after 9 am, I also get tea at the coffee place. Really, it’s anyone’s guess as to what I’ll be drinking at any given time.

Only I order it special; the way with fewer dishes. No tiny tea cup, and no hoddle.

tea hoddle glass container for hot waterYes a hoddle – a non-Word-recognized term that describes common tea paraphernalia. A device that looks like a light bulb, but holds hot water instead. It’s unnecessary, but pretty and has a funny name – two factors that are sure to gain any woman’s allegiance.

Other Tea-Based Terms:

Afternoon tea – yeah, the timing part is obvious, as is what’s served in cups. But each session also comes with a light meal – it’s built right into the definition. Afternoon tea = snacks. True afternoon tea-goers celebrate around 4 pm.

Bergamot – it’s a kind of tea, and a type of tree.

Brassy – gross tasting. Probably like how actual brass tastes.

Infuser – with the growing popularity of these things, most of us know what they are; water bottles even come with their own infusers now. But as a whole, tea infusers are getting far more adventurous; they’re now made into shapes like scuba divers, manatees, and a magic wand that will turn water to tea.

Gaiwan – mostly seen in Eastern cultures, a gaiwan is essentially a cooking pot that steeps your hot water and tea leaves. Choose a size most appropriate to the amount of people you’ll be serving, then strain and enjoy. Easy.

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 2.43.53 PMKyusu – A teapot with built-in strainers and a straight-out handle made for easy pouring. Consider it a foreign-looking version of Mrs. Pot.

Bombilla – Fun to say, weird to use. It’s a straw that allows you to slurp tea by straining leaves as you sip. The device also gives you the rare opportunity slurp hot beverage through a straw. Not a bad idea, but I think I’ll pass. Cool lips = happy lips.


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