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Gotstuckwiththisname Mon 07-Jan-19 08:41:50

In my house, we drink a lot of hot drinks.

I think it's perfectly reasonable to have one teaspoon to stir tea and a different teaspoon to stir coffee (machine or occasionally instant. I know IABU to drink instant grin). This is because I don't want coffee essence in my tea or tea essence in my coffee. I can taste it!

DH thinks this is weird and you can't taste the tea / coffee in the other drink. He regularly uses the coffee spoon to stir the tea and I can tell!

Who is BU, me or him?

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sackrifice Mon 07-Jan-19 08:42:41

He is a weirdo and you need to get your ducks in order.

Stephisaur Mon 07-Jan-19 08:44:12


We’re the same. We add in a third spoon for hot chocolate too.

minipie Mon 07-Jan-19 08:44:22

Tea spoon used for coffee is ok for me as coffee drowns out the tea taste (although maybe you have more sensitive taste buds than me!). Coffee spoon for tea is not ok.

MaidenMotherCrone Mon 07-Jan-19 08:44:48

Just use a clean spoon every time.

It's a lot easier than divorce.

firstevernamechange Mon 07-Jan-19 08:45:54

You need to clarify:

You have spoons especially for coffee or tea that may never be used for the other drink. In which case yabvu.


You don't use a specific spoon to stir bith beverages without washing the spoon first. In which case yanbu.

laurG Mon 07-Jan-19 08:48:41

^^ this exactly

Gotstuckwiththisname Mon 07-Jan-19 08:50:27

First - we have a drawer of teaspoons, all the same. There are two spoons on the teabag drainer - one that is for stirring tea and one that is for stirring coffee. You can usually tell which one the coffee spoon is, by the foam / granule dregs on it.

These are the only spoons I have ever found that have a perfect hand feel, so I'm loath to get different ones for tea / coffee.

Washing the spoon might be an idea, but I bet DH wouldn't bother.

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Beamur Mon 07-Jan-19 08:53:29

Clean spoon every time, then you have no problem. But in answer to your actual question,I wouldn't use the same spoon for stirring tea and coffee (without rinsing in between) as the taste will transfer.

ThatsNotNiceRoger Mon 07-Jan-19 08:54:54

My mil uses the same spoon to make her coffee and my tea, it’s not nice. And I think as she only drinks coffee their mugs taste of coffee.

UrsulaPandress Mon 07-Jan-19 08:56:51

I feel faint at the thought of a coffee spoon in my tea. But then I would always use a clean spoon.

UbbesPonytail Mon 07-Jan-19 08:57:01

My grandad has a habit of making tea-coffee hybrids (forgets he’s making tea and puts coffee in too!) so you have my sympathy.

I think a quick rinse would be a good start. Stops the brown stains on the spoons too!

InAPreviousLife Mon 07-Jan-19 08:57:19

YANBU I won't drink tea that's been polluted by a coffee spoon. Coffee tastes disgusting to me so I can taste straight away if someone sister I'm looking at you uses the coffee spoon to stir my tea.

LoniceraJaponica Mon 07-Jan-19 09:00:15

If I am making both drinks I just rinse the teaspoon between stirring rather than dirty another spoon. I thought everyone did this.

Elphame Mon 07-Jan-19 09:41:47

Don’t yuu have different shaped small spoons for stirring coffee anyway?

Fairylea Mon 07-Jan-19 09:42:50

You are right. He is wrong. Divorce is the only sensible thing to do.

LoniceraJaponica Mon 07-Jan-19 09:45:02

The queen might Elphame grin

Houseonahill Mon 07-Jan-19 09:45:09

Tea spoon in coffee is fine coffee spoon in tea is not fine especially if it's one of those frothy machine ones

TheMobileSiteMadeMeSignup Mon 07-Jan-19 09:45:33

Dry spoon to put the coffee and sugar into DH's cup. Tea bag in my cup. Milk added to coffee and sugar (tastes better, apparently. I did it once and DH preferred it) then hot water poured into both cups.

Tea bag squished and removed, milk added to tea and stirred. Coffee stirred. Spoon rinsed and dried for next time. We use the same spoon and cups all day. No coffee flavour in my tea, yuck!

Sitranced Mon 07-Jan-19 09:46:16

Dont let him get away with inadequate hot beverage making. He's trying to do a poor job so you'll make your own. Do it properly or ltb.

RosemarysBabyDress Mon 07-Jan-19 09:51:23

One clean spoon per drink, and one clean spoon if you need sugar. It's disgusting otherwise.

Bigonesmallone3 Mon 07-Jan-19 09:57:25

Completely agree that different spoons for tea and coffee
Completely disagree to leave spoons out and then identify them by dried on dregs

Shameful2019 Mon 07-Jan-19 09:58:58

Just rinse the spoon between cups...

cheesenpickles Mon 07-Jan-19 10:06:31

We have a communal spoon that we wash if someone is having an alternate drink.

We also have a sugar spoon that lives in the sugar. God forbid anybody uses that and shoves it back in. angry

Oldraver Mon 07-Jan-19 13:28:10

My OH always leaves a spoon on the side but does rinse it. I think it' clean and put it away and he grumbles where his spoon is.

He also like a special type of sugar cystal that he has to stir and stir and stir to dissolve. It slightly pissed me off the incessant stiring at 4am ish (bed directly above kitchen)

So he now uses a Tommy Tippee training spoon to stir grin

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