Free Write on George Orwell’s “A Nice Cup of Tea”

George Orwell was a very arrogant man. Not only did he hold very strong views on the process of brewing the “perfect” cup of tea, but he believed that anyones ideas on tea that were not his own were automatically wrong. If you weren’t following his exact instructions, he believed that you you couldn’t even call your beverage tea at all. This is ironic because he himself contradicted the “proper” way to serve tea when he originally claimed that adding anything to tea leaves other than water was a sin that took away from from the true essence of the drink. He then goes on to say in the very next paragraph that though sugar is banned, adding milk to tea is completely fine. As someone who enjoys tea differently than the Orwell describes as “right”, I began to wonder if his instructions were based on culture and facts or just the preferences of his own tastebuds. I can’t imagine anything more peaceful than sipping warm tea on a cold night, but having someone dictate how my tea should be made would ruin the experience as a whole. Sometimes I might be in the mood for a spicy cup of chai, and other times I may crave some Earl Grey with milk and sugar. The “my way or the highway” approach held by Orwell proves his arrogance and superiority complex. Creativity and trying new flavors, types, and brewing styles are some of the many joys of tea drinking. Once someone dictates how tea is supposed to be enjoyed, while subsequently making others feel badly about their own tea opinions, goes against the whole joy and experience of drinking tea.

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