The Tea-o-metre: A Gauge for Your Day

How many cups of tea have you had today? And what type of teas were they? The answers to these questions could provide you with all the information you need to gauge the type of day that it’s been for you based on your tea drinking—your own personal tea-o-metre.

Black Tea (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Black Tea (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

You may notice that you’ve had several more cups than usual, which maybe means you needed an extra boost (or three!) to get you through the day. Maybe you went for more black tea than usual, because you needed the caffeine. Or did you select a calming tea to keep yourself level headed and focused? Maybe you just needed the extra cup because the clock seemed to be going particularly slowly today… Or perhaps you were rushing around and didn’t have time to stop for a cup as you usually do.

It doesn’t always have to be an indicator of a bad day. Perhaps you only got one cup in (zero is never really an option, in my book) because you were completely absorbed in and excited about what you were doing. Or perhaps the numerous cups of tea were because you had a leisurely day of being around the house, free to make tea as and when you pleased.

I have experienced all of these sorts of tea days at one time or another, and have come to realise that taking a look at my tea drinking for a given day is a fairly accurate way to gauge what type of day it’s been. Most recently, I’ve noticed an alarming spike in the number of cups of black tea I’ve been getting through every day—a reflection of the fact that I’ve been on a tight schedule with deadlines, rehearsals, and performances and have needed the extra energy boosts (and yes, today has again been a four-cups-of-black-tea day). For some of you this might sound like a normal tea day, while others of you might be shuddering at the thought of that much caffeine. This reflects the fact that tea drinking is all relative and the tea-o-metre will be different for everyone, depending on your normal tea habits.

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