Every now and again, it’s bound to happen. If you keep living your life more or the less the same way, the way you dress/what you eat/who you have sex with is bound to become trendy for a few minutes or so. At various times in my life, my style of glasses, the men’s dress shirts I wear, and my haircut have been cool. Wearing dark colours was actually cool for quite a while there. Being a vegetarian? That was cool at some point, I think. Anyway, today I just realised that the tea I’ve been drinking for a year or two is suddenly trendy for the summer.
Sometimes, when I’m bored, I watch Danish talk shows on YouTube to keep up my Danish skills (which are severely lacking, really). In one episode, a talk show host was interviewing Viggo Mortensen, an actor I happen to be a fan of (check out his performance in Eastern Promises if you haven’t yet; it’s stellar). Mortensen spent some time in Venezuela and Argentina as a kid, and he apparently drinks a tea called maté, to which he introduced the host. “Does it need sugar?” he host asked. “No, no.” Host takes a sip. Nearly spits it out. Mortensen adds sugar.
I was intrigued by this clip, because I’m a huge fan of strong tea. I got some yerba maté, as well as a blend called “rainforest” maté, from the online tea company I was using at the time, and I really liked it. I was also thrilled to find that Red Poppy, the hookah bar slash tearoom in Iowa City, has a fantastic maté. Searching around online, I found that the tea contains antioxidants that give an energy boost, much like caffeine. Excellent!
Well, today I was riding my bike across the river for my Turkish exam, and because I’m lazy and didn’t want to ride up the hill to the building where the exam was, I “parked” at the student union. And because the weather was nice and this was my last exam, I decided to celebrate with an icy beverage. So, lo and behold, they have turned my nice hippie antioxidant tea into a latté. Leave it to JavaHouse to latté-ize almost anything. It’s good – basically a chai latté with maté instead of chai – and it costs $4.05 plus tax. Ha! Ha ha ha ha. And of course, they have big posters advertising how it’s like caffeine but not, and organic and good for you and trendy.