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Iced Tea and Restaurants

2 April 2012

This is not my first post about iced tea. Just for the record, I think that iced tea is pretty much the perfect drink for most any meal. I generally drank my tea unsweetened since the 80’s, but recently have been having sweetened tea.

So, if any restaurant managers read this, please take it from a frequent restaurant-goer:

Make iced tea the good way, by brewing it!

  • That means a good brand of tea (not floor sweepings!) in a bag, with very hot (preferably boiling) water, brewed for about 10 minutes. Luzianne is a good example here.
  • Do not brew tea in the same container that coffee was previously brewed in. If you must share containers, clean it out immediately with a weak bleach solution to get the coffee flavor out.
  • It’s that simple.

    I realize that restaurants want to keep costs down as much as possible. I also realize that products like Gold Peak and the various Liptons, and the Nesteas, are probably less expensive.

    But… To take the three examples above, Gold Peak is highly variable, from merely OK to yukky. The Liptons are pretty much all bland. The Nesteas should be pronounced Nasties; they are not good at all. In fact, they are vile.

    So take the higher quality approach and brew it, restaurants. Your customers will appreciate it.

    Now These Guys Know About Iced Tea – Taco Bueno

    5 February 2010

    I had a decent breakfast in San Diego this morning, but nothing else while flying home, and then I went to the St. John’s open house, and helped get everything squared away afterward so school could go on tomorrow. So by the time Ian and I left, I was pretty darn hungry.

    I have a fondness for Taco Bueno beef BOBs. I got iced tea with the meal as usual. It was really, really good iced tea. Brewed. Fresh. Yummy. Much better then the tea I had out in California, which ranged from swill to crap.

    Then, I read the cup:

    Bueno Rule No. 14: We brew fresh tea because anything less would be a slap in the face to our slow-simmered beans.

    Now, this is an attitude that I applaud! Keep it up, Taco Bueno! And that beef BOB was pretty darn good also.