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Poll: Do you think it's considered sacrilege in Ireland to microwave your tea?

It all comes down to this.

I STILL REMEMBER the pall that fell over my family’s kitchen when I clicked open the door of the microwave and placed a cup of tea inside.

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‘I don’t know what they’re teaching you above*,’ my father hissed as he motioned at me to reopen the microwave. “But there’s no need to be microwaving tea in this house.”

*Note to anyone unfamiliar with the lingo; ‘above’ in this instance refers to Dublin, but it can be used to denote anywhere aside from your current location.

Still agape, he assured me – with more than a hint of sarcasm – that himself and my mother could surely spare another teabag, and to simply make myself another cup if the first had gone cold.

I had absolutely no issue giving my almost full cup a quick blitz in the microwave rather than go through the rigmarole of waiting for the kettle to boil and the tea to brew for a second time, but I knew I had crossed a line in this instance.

Broaching the subject with peers afterwards, it seems that the matter is a relatively divisive one, and since it’s Ireland and it’s tea-related, tension ran quite high.

Deliberating over the pros and cons, we couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on whether microwaving your tea was a form of sacrilege or not.

But what about you? Have you any issue with quickly heating up a cup of tea in the microwave if you’ve taken too long to drink it?


Poll Results:

I would never microwave my tea and I'm insulted by the question. (1670)
Of course I would, what's the issue? (353)
I have, but I wouldn't do it again. (139)
I haven't, but I would. (112)




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