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I was laughing my head off as I was reading a list of 20 strange phobias. But then I came across one particular phobia which I didn’t know even existed. On reading about it I realized that I suffered from Tepidophobia big time. While tepidophobia refers to the phobia of badly made tea only , I am going to include badly made coffee under this term as well. Each time you visit someone’s house, the most common beverages served / offered are either tea or coffee. It is surprising considering the fact that this beverage is consumed and prepared in majority of the Indian households, yet very few people have actually mastered the art of making that perfect brew. Before I knew I had this phobia, I used to jump at every opportunity to have some tea/ coffee. I love caffeine, be it in any form. But often the moment I am served this steaming hot beverage, I am unable to mask my disappointment. The first look generally gives you an idea of what you are in for. It can determine whether the next few minutes will be pure bliss or sheer agony .But again, just as looks can be deceptive, a visually appealing tea/ coffee need not necessarily taste good. While my husband is a champion in gulping down tea/ coffee of any kind. I struggle with the cuppa of a badly made tea/ coffee. There are people who are brilliant cooks but yet fail in brewing an appealing cup of caffeine.Common mistakes people make with tea/coffee are
For me tea/ coffee is not just any other drink. It’s sacred for me. I drink both and enjoy the flavor and fragrance unique to each. A good cup of tea coffee is easy to make provided you are able to customize it to another’s preference. In case you have realized that you may be one of those agony givers as mentioned above or have the potential to be one, please do take this piece of writing seriously. If you need help there are several tutorials available online that can help you make some amazing tea/ coffee. A brilliant cup of tea/ coffee can make me kiss the hands of the creator of such a masterpiece. While a badly made cuppa can make me want to scream…”this is not my cup of tea”!!
“Do not accept badly made cups of tea. Do not surround yourself with people who make them. They don’t care about you”- Anonymous