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(Victor Meldrew style) "I don't believe it". You may, or may not, remember my wifey woes of her not drinking the last bit of tea in the cup, labelled 'nim-nims' by Tomsk, despite the tea being made with a teabag and not real tea. Well since then my wife and I have gone our seperate ways and I have since met a wonderful woman but guess what.......it's 'nim-nim' time again! What do I have to do Nicey? Is this a generational thing? Do you think I should try speed dating and have that as my first question? What do I have to do?
|Nicey replies: Christopher,
You've only got yourself to blame on this one. Important subjects like this should be broached within the first few hours of any relationship. I think Wifey and I got all this type of thing bashed out on our second date over a couple of beers. Anyone who shares your views on tea and so forth shouldn't mind you asking such forward questions, in fact they should view it as a plus point. It may lead on to a rich and engaging conversation on things in common that you can't tolerate. Having got that lot off your chest and assuming the other party hasn't left by then you'll be free to talk about more romantic subjects, safe in the knowledge that you have broadly compatible aversions.
Lets also hope your Wife also finds somebody who dislikes drinking their nim-nims too.
||Dear Nicey -|
The coffee/ tea sound difference is an interesting issue. I believe that the difference in sound is due to a greater viscosity in coffee than in tea. This difference in consistency between the two liquids is due to their chemical composition.
Coffee's main constituents are: phenolic polymers (pulp) 8%, polysaccharides 6%, chlorogenic acids 4%, minerals 3%, water 2%, caffeine 1%, organic acids 0.5%, sugars 0.3%, lipids 0.2%, and aroma 0.1%. Tea - especially if brewed from higher grade 'large leaf' varieties - does not contain such a high proportion of pulp or polysaccharides. Coffee is made from the bean - a nutritionally rich source of water-soluble compounds. Tea, of course, is brewed from the leaf - a comparitively scarce source of nutrients.
This 'pulpiness' in coffee, (plus the presesnce of quinic acid, a sugar-like molecule), makes for a 'thick' liquid (also contributed to by the addition of milk) through which sound travels more slowly than the 'thin' consistency of tea: thus the 'clunk' as opposed to 'clink'. (A bit like whisked egg-white in a glass bowl!)
Hope that helps?
|Nicey replies: Woo - we'll that's that sorted out then. Of course we are also open to silly explanations too. |
||re: Stephen Pearce's mail.|
I can't believe that unless I hear it myself. I'm going to try it tonight. Is it instant or fresh coffee do we know? This could be something big.
|Nicey replies: These are exciting times indeed Jim. I too pondered the fresh or instant thing and could decide which one deserved to go clunk-clunk. Fresh always thinks its the bee's knees and yet it doesn't have the paper seal on top of the jar or better still catering size tin, awaiting the bold tea spoon of destruction. So I decided both probably go clunk-clunk.|
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
Sorry to bother you again with my musings but another age old question from my dark days of biscuit modification is why does Tea when stirred with the milk in make a tink-a-tink-a-tink sound whereas coffee with milk in makes a cluck-a-luck-a-luck sound. I have replicated this experiment since my childhood and can assure you that this phenomenon exists even when using the same mug! Is it just me that noticed this or are there others?
Thanks again for humouring me.
|Nicey replies: Not at all Steve, that's and excellent point, and exactly the sort of issues we like to confront head on.
The current poll reminded me of an incident a while ago when I woke up, a bit fuzzy headed after a night out, to discover a half-eaten jaffa cake which had been liberally spread with butter by the side of my bed. I dread to think how many I'd consumed, and until now was appalled at such behaviour, prompted as it must have been by the feeling that jaffa cakes did not have enough fat in them already. I'm pleased to see there are people out there who behave like this as a matter of course.
|Nicey replies: I'm more worried that you only managed to half eat a Jaffa Cake, you must have been in a right old state.|