Have you ever tried to make a cup of tea in an American hotel room? The off-brand tea bags are usually there in a little basket with the coffee and the chemical creamer. The only appliance provided to heat the water is a much-used coffee maker. The tea you attempt to brew tastes like a horrible concoction of a cross between tea and coffee. Yuck-o! I no longer waste my time brewing in-room tea when traveling unless I take my own hot water pot (and I have been known to do just that.) I have stayed in hotels in 2 countries where guest rooms are equipped with tea brewing equipment. The first was Japan. I was very impressed they provided the equipment, but I'm not a major fan of green tea. I took the photo above of a nifty little cupboard in my London hotel room. It is equipped with an electric tea kettle, teacups and PG Tips Tea. Now that makes for a good strong British cuppa first thing in the morning!
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