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brew | a British tradition

Hands wrapped around knit patterned mug

I’ve come across some weird, weird people lately.   People who have something seriously wrong with them.  Worries me y’know.  People who don’t understand ‘having a brew’.  What???  This is a serious matter guys, we live in England and you need to learn.  I’ve come across some even weirder people who say tea tastes like dishwater too – I don’t even know where to start with them.

Doesn’t it feel wrong to not be able to offer someone a brew though?  It’s a habit, like a kind of ritual or something.  Every single morning without fail, gotta have a brew.  In my fluffy dressing gown, obviously.  As soon as I get in from college, coffee refuel.  If I’m lucky my brother will have one waiting for me – got him well-trained I have.  Dad get’s home  – time for another.  Never too hot in England for a coffee.  4am when there’s 10 of you just got home drunk – oven chips and a brew are THE BEST idea.

I wonder how many hours of my life I’ve spent having a brew with people?  Looking at my mum and Saskia as the main culprits, ahem.  So yeah, I 100% fit the British stereotype, if you replace tea with coffee on around 65% of occasions.  I’ll just clarify to any non-Brits that ‘a brew’ doesn’t mean going through the whole fancy teabag stewing process every time – just a simple one does the trick.  Funny how we’re all for embracing the stereotypes sometimes but will do anything to avoid being stereotyped other times, isn’t it?  I can tell you for sure that England is not all quaint country cottages and posh accents and that lah-de-dah, but we live up to our tea drinking expectations.  And we complain about the weather all the time.  We’re not sarcastic AT ALL.  And say sorry lots, when someone bashes into us.  No wonder Bieber went to no.1.

In other news, I had my first history mock exam today and think it went ok-ish.  Then I had a brew and came home lol.  Exciting stuff to report!

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    19th January 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I wonder if it’s a language thing. Here in the States (PA), a brew means an alcoholic drink (usually beer).

    As for me, I don’t care for coffee, but give me tea any day. Hot or cold it doesn’t matter!

    • Reply
      lily kate
      20th January 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Well I can assure you I don’t drink a beer before 7am haha 😛
      The more tea the better!

  • Reply
    20th January 2016 at 8:03 am

    I sometimes feel like I’m part British in the way that I drink tea all day long. I wouldn’t even know what I’d do without it. I’m about to make one, actually. It’s just so comforting to have a warm beverage in your hands and taking slow sips from it.

    Love, Eline

    • Reply
      lily kate
      20th January 2016 at 7:46 pm

      You can be an honorary Brit! I wouldn’t know what to do without it either – only solution when you’re just in from the cold is a big hot mug!

  • Reply
    21st January 2016 at 4:13 pm

    This is the similarity between British and people of my country, they all here drink tea at least 5 times a day and you can find them grumping bout everything if they miss only one cup. And I’m surprisingly anti-te person in a house full of tea addicts!

    • Reply
      lily kate
      24th January 2016 at 6:58 pm

      I’d fit in well then! I can always tell I’m just not quite right if I haven’t had my morning coffee haha 🙂

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