Spill Tea

Well, we all know for sometime that the English invented the power shower adapter. Since it made the world happier because of its originality, usefulness and its designed technical beauty. What many of us do not know is that the most revolutionary, the most significant achievement is a small tin container with a lit which spills tea perfectly. The bit more experienced visitor will have made his or her acquaintance with this small but so meaningful and beautiful commodity in one of the attractions where they serve tea, coffee and ( they dare to call it) cake. It is made out of stainless steel and it should allow you to pour the content, in this case tea, to a cup. The amazing fact that most of the content has flooded the table after the first little attempt may have originated in the idea to amuse the tea drinker for we all know about the special sense of humour the nation has on offer. We can only speculate whether the construction of this device is kept the same to increase the amount of sold tea or whether there are indeed other important reasons such as not having to use tablecloths.
If the spilling of beer ( because a pint is always filled up to the brim) is more a fact of our inability to balance a full glass of liquid to our table but a perfect reason for fairness to the customer; in the case of tea it lacks this reason completely and goes rather back to the design of the pot.
A recently by me instigated conversation how to serve this beverage and my suggestion for the future to serve tea in an adequate cup with a saucer simply resulted in a friendly, polite head shaking. Who just occasionally stays in England may think of my reasoning as silly. Those who live here though might, after countless cleanings of trousers, after thousands of tries to get rid of tea stains and other attempts to solve this special problem lose their calmness normally associated with drinking tea.
Well, under this circumstances maybe it would be better to leave the tea all together and change to coffee for tea is mostly nothing more than brown coloured, tasteless but boiling hot water, which needs all the imagination of the consumer to recognise it as tea. But because we have done our little research for our little post “englischer kaffee”(even the dullest cup doesn’t like it) our experience with this beverage forbids us to pursue this idea further.
Now, these little tin pot for serving tea is in most cases complimented with another even smaller tin pot without a lit. That’s for the milk and has the same advantage of spilling the same amount of liquid. That leads to the situation that one has to give up on milk but one finds on the table, on one’s trousers or on the chair the right mixture of tea and milk. Our advice here: the traveller best asks for a glass of water and point out that it should not be filled to the brim, which is probably pointless but does not lead to all those cleaning attempts because we all know water does not stain.