Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Mon Mar 26 14:09:30 EST 2001

Hallie said...
> But back to the point, do other people agree that a few generations
> ago tea drinking would have been much more common than coffee (in the
> UK and Ireland, this is)?  And when would that have changed?

My general feeling is that it hasn't changed all that much.  But then I look
at my Friday night gaming group, and the relative proportions of tea and
coffee made on Fridays:  We have 3 coffee drinkers, 2 tea drinkers, one who
can't make up her mind, and one who drinks herbal teas.  So coffee is
slightly in the ascendant, there.

Personally, I'm a coffee drinker (black, no sugar), which I ascribe at least
partially to having been brought up in a coffee drinking household (though
my brother turned into a tea drinker, for some bizarre reason; I still can't
abide the filthy stuff!).  But at least when I was at college (late
80s/early 90s), I was in the minority amongst my friends.  Maybe it has
something to do with region; all of my friends were "culchies" and I was the
only "jackeen" in the group.

> Or does anyone feel that they'd have no problem with a
> re-write of F&H to have Gran downing quantities of instant coffee?

No, no!  Hideous!  Granny is a tea person; her whole personality would
change if you made her drink coffee!

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no
--Queen Marie of Romania

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