At Tea Total they served it in glass mugs. I have some glasses (free
from Tassimo and intended for coffee) which might be suitable but
haven't yet made the considerable effort required to bring them into
As I'm sure I have mentioned before, I was amused by the beverage
routine at the glass factory where I spent a few weeks between
leaving school and starting college, coming up for 50 years ago.
From time to time during the shift somebody was sent to the
canteen with a large cardboard box, and a list of requirements
along the lines of "2 pints and 2 halves of tea, 3 pints and 2
halves of coffee".
In the canteen, which was a greasy a dive as ever I have come
across, the order was fulfilled in the following manner.
Bottles, this being a factory producing them, were taken from a
stack, usually squash, or pop designs, depending on what was
being made that day.
Into the first bottle went a green plastic funnel. The brew
machine tap was opened and tea run into an aged 1 pint enamel
mug. Milk and sugar were added as required, and stirred briskly
with a dessert spoon worn triangular by years of use. This was
then tipped into the funnel. Whilst the first bottle filled, the
next brew was prepared.
When it came to coffee, the hot water tap on the brew machine was
used, and the (same) spoon used to measure out a quantity of Camp
Essence (http://www.sybertooth.com/camp/) into the same mug and
thence into the funnel.
The order, when complete, was then taken back to the office in
the cardboard box.
The custom was to swig direct from the bottle, though the
fastidious could use a jam jar, as these were coming off the line
at 2 per second.
It was fine once one was used to it, but initially lifting a
familiar pop bottle to swig a hot brown liquid felt really
Chris J Dixon Nottingham
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