I rather like tea, but it's just so awkward. You start off with the tea bag in the hot water, and – then what? Do you pay attention and take the tea bag out after a certain time? What do you do with it afterwards? What about cream and sugar – do you put that in right away, or do you have to hang around and wait until you take the tea bag out? It's all much more convenient if you have it sitting there steeping in a separate kettle, but then you need to have that separate kettle sitting there, and – ugh.
You're overcomplicated things. For some reasons doing tea directly in a cup is almost systematically terrible - doing it in a teapot will make the tea taste much better. Also do NEVER clean your teapot with washingup liquid, just rince. That way each tea you'll make will add taste in the pot and make the following teas better. A good pot needs decades to start to make really great tea
Rince your teapot with hot water from the faucet, so that the pot is already pre-heated. Add your teabag or tea directly (depending on how it is packaged) in the pot, and then put water that is aprox. 80°C hot in the pot. NEVER PUT IN BOILING WATER, it burns the tea and make the horrible beverage that they will serve you almost everywhere which nothing to do with tea. (Note this varies by country to country - in Switzerland people tend to have no idea how to make good tea, but in some countries people do).
If you don't believe this makes a difference, just try to make yourself two different teas, one with 100°C water and the other with 80°C water and observe for yourself... 80°C Water also has the advantage of making you able to drink the tea significantly sooner after preparing it.
For herbal tea, you're done, no need to remove the bag. For green or black tea, remove the bag after aprox. 3 minutes. (This depends on the tea/water ratio however, obviously the more water there is the longer the bag will need to be here.)
Also, buy high quality tea or teabags. There is no wonder, even if you make everything right, you cannot make wonders, by buying cheap crap you will end up with a bad tea even if you make everything correct on your side. In particular, AVOID LIPTON YELLOW LABEL - this product comes straight from hell and should be banned.
If you have no teapot available no problem - just do it directly in the cup, but it'll never be as good. In particular, the tea/water ratio tends to be way too high in a cup, since a teabag is typically designed for at least 1/2L of water.
Tea doesn't have to be complicated. Boil some water, turn it off, set some tea bags in it and let them soak for 30 mins to an hour. Get a gallon or half gallon pitcher, pour in a cup of sugar for a gallon of tea, pour in the water that the bags soaked in, ring the rest of the water from the bags out into the pitcher, stir, chill/drink. Making it a cup at a time just seems siliy when you can make a whole gallon and throw it in the fridge.
This is the recet of Ice Tea, not Tea... Tea is supposed to be a hot beverage by default - although there's nothing wrong in what you said. Quite naturally you'd want to drink hot tea in the winter and ice tea in the summer, unless you're masochist
I've tried Earl Grey, it seems incredibly bitter...
Probably you prepared the tea incorrectly. The most common errors are covered above in this post.
Put some sugar in it and you're good to go.
Please don't. Sugar really ruins a good tea, in addition, by drinking a tea w/o sugar you have 0 calories, which is always a nice thing to have, especially for something you're going to do regulalry.
However please don't put cream, milk or whathver in. This very idea is just so weird - people doing this are probably confusing it with coffee. (If you want to drink milk, then go ahead and drink milk, this is fine to do, but without tea!)
This poll is biased towards tea, as the offensive plot is clearly against caffeine.
As I said above, I like the taste of coffee, with milk and without sugar. I however do not particulalry like the effect of caffeine, especially having seen people who are seriously addicted to that. Black coffee without milk is extremely bitter and undrinkable to me, but apparently in Italy they only like it that way. Every country has it's own habits.
Coffee has none of this confusion and is stronger anyway.
It does have the confusion since there's dozen of way of making coffee and people are usually religious about one way or another
Sugar in excess is bad for your pancreas and teeth. That being said, I like Mexican Coca-Cola [they have the right formula, fuck that high fructose corn syrup shit] and black coffee. With only a little sugar. Preferably raw sugar.
Definitely - I seriously dropped my consumption of sugarly drink, and stopped drinking any sort of Cola whatsoever. I couldn't start again to drink them, they seem disgusting to me now, as strange as it may seem. (It's probably the same phenomena as people becoming vegetarian for ideological reasons and starting to find meat disgusting several years later, when they originally loved meat)