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to give the tree surgeons earl grey?

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FakePlasticTrees Thu 16-Dec-10 13:33:00

Not the greatest trauma in the world, but we're having a couple of dead trees cut down, and I've just realised we're all out of normal tea bags, only have earl grey. DS is having a nap, I'm rather reluctant to get him up to go to the supermarket.

Do you think it would be bad form to give them earl grey tea for their next round of brews? (we've already done 2 cups of tea) We also have green tea, but I can't see that being any more popular...

(if it makes it any better, I could give them jaffa cakes to go with it)

LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 13:33:41

YABVU.Earl Grey is vile.

DiscoDaisy Thu 16-Dec-10 13:35:11

We only ever have Earl Grey in our house so no YNBU!

FakePlasticTrees Thu 16-Dec-10 13:36:01

It is, isn't it? We only have it in as my mum insists on it.

Right, it'll have to be coffee, hot chocolate or them waiting until DS has woken up so I can get to the shops....

nickeldonkeycarrymary Thu 16-Dec-10 13:37:46

why don't you ask them?
"earl grey, coffee or hot chocolate?"

of course, they might piss themselves at that pretentiousness wink


LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 13:38:12

You might as well offer it to them.Perhaps they'll lack tastebuds and actually enjoy it.

NinkyNonker Thu 16-Dec-10 13:38:40

Oh, can I have it? I love it and we're all out.

Longtinsellyjosie Thu 16-Dec-10 13:39:19

This is the most middle-class AIBU ever!

MrsChemistrySetInMyStocking Thu 16-Dec-10 13:39:20

Add milk to it and I bet they'll just think your tea tastes a bit funny.

walkinginaWUKTERwonderland Thu 16-Dec-10 13:40:54

I'm pretty sure having a manual job doesn't preclude a person from enjoying pretentious drinks.
They probably will hate it though, but that's because it's horrible.

LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 13:44:29

What's so middle class about Earl Grey tea? It's just tea,admittedly horrible tea,but still just tea.

FakePlasticTrees Thu 16-Dec-10 13:45:11

Well, yes, it does sound pretentious - but whenever there are 'tradesmen' in our house they either deal with me who seems to morph into Margo Leadbetter at the sight of a white van, or DH, who's slight Kent accent becomes full on estuary, like he's auditioning for a part in EastEnders....

<sigh> Renting was easier. (and I got to eat my own jaffa cakes)

ItsJustMyOpinion Thu 16-Dec-10 13:50:50

I would not give my worse enemy earl grey tea....But you could offer it, or offer coffee instead??

Chil1234 Thu 16-Dec-10 13:54:59

The very nice man that decorates my house from time to time is a total coffee snob. Has a v posh machine at home, he was telling me, and gets his v posh coffee beans from a particular importer. So I felt more than a bit inferior offering him my instant Kenco!! Just give them the heads up on Earl Grey... it's not to everyone's taste.

Indith Thu 16-Dec-10 13:58:49

Dh only drinks earl grey (when not drinking coffee). We have different stashes of tea. Red berry types for MIL, red bush for her dh, citrus types for my mum....around both my homebirths this got expanded to include "normal" tea for the MW grin.

Pretend you are out of tea and offer them a coffee.

stubbornhubby Thu 16-Dec-10 13:59:56

earl gray IS normal tea in my house.

RevoltingPeasant Thu 16-Dec-10 14:00:53

My mum had builders in for several weeks last summer, and my DSis did an experiment on them whereby she offered them a different blend of tea every day and then saw how many repeat cups they accepted.

(Yes, we're a slightly weird family.)

Anywho, turns out Assam won. Whoda thunk?

Also my dad comes from one of the roughest estates in the Midlands and he drinks Earl Grey, always has.

noddyholder Thu 16-Dec-10 14:03:44

No they want pg tips with 3 sugars

Poledra Thu 16-Dec-10 14:08:13

Offer 'em a slug of whisky in it to keep them warm, and they won't care if it's Earl Grey or Tesco Value.

FakePlasticTrees Thu 16-Dec-10 15:29:06

DS woke up so I went for "i'm just popping to the shops, the coffee machine is on, help yourself or i'll do a brew when Im back. bye"

I now have some normal tea.

MissAnthropy Thu 16-Dec-10 15:36:01

Earl grey <drool>

8 days till pay day and we're all out. It's the best kind of tea.

My 3yr old is a sponge to the ponciness though and totally embarrassed me in a café yesterday. MIL v kindly took us out for lunch and dd told the waitress I only drank earl grey. They didn't have any. DD reassured the waitress that in an emergency I'd have lady grey or rooibos.


tinkertitonk Thu 16-Dec-10 15:36:09

Whisky + chainsaws = emergency room.

Sorry DS woke up, this thread was fun.

PuppyMonkey Thu 16-Dec-10 15:41:53

If you gave me Earl Grey tea without warning me or asking me first, I'd spit the revolting stuff in your face and then leave without ever returning. grin

The default position to take at all times is that people don't like it, IMHO.

Poledra Thu 16-Dec-10 15:42:40

Good point, tinker - I really didn't think that one through, did I? blush

Indith Thu 16-Dec-10 15:55:54

Of course what we are neglecting here is that all tea is revolting and the only hot drink to have is hot chocolate.

Cafe direct San Cristobal made with full fat milk if you please.

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