A 5,000 Year Fad

So, I’m in Starbucks ordering my tea, when the girl behind the counter informs me that tea is just a passing fad.

There’s only one possible reaction to a statement like that – stunned agogness (if it wasn’t a word before, it jolly well is now).

Her companion behind the counter was a young man who joined me in staring aghast at her for a few dumbfounded seconds before I spluttered “I’m English – don’t try and tell me tea is a passing fad!”

A-M and Rachael Agog


This is what the average face does when you tell it that tea is just a passing fad.

Thanks Roxy and friend for the demonstration.


“Well, it’s really popular right now”, she explained. “I suppose it might last, but I still think it’s just a fad.”

There’s so much wrong with that sentence I don’t even know where to start! Firstly, the very definition of a fad is something that won’t last. And secondly – and perhaps most importantly – tea has been around for 4,700 years now. I think that qualifies as having stood the test of time.

When it comes to fads, I have to say, my own instincts are not infallible. For instance I have only recently given up waiting for the appeal of computers to fade, and as for the internet … well the jury’s still out on that one.

But for now, I think I’ll go and make a pot of tea while you’re still able to find it in the shops.