I had a horrible cup of tea yesterday, and it was made by none other than yours truly. The root cause: I was in a hurry. It unfolded like this....
2 minutes between meetings, dash to the break room.
Get hot water and grab the first teabag I can get my hands on (Stash white/green blend). I don't normally drink tea bags - I have my own "stash" of loose tea, but I was in a hurry.
Steep tea for all of 15 seconds thinking, "I'm going to be late." Toss teabag because I don't want oversteeped tea. I'm in a hurry.
Toss in two ice cubes from the soda machine because I'm thirsty, I'm in a hurry, and I don't have time to wait for it to cool.
Discover that tea is truly horrible. Proceed to office anyway. I'm in a hurry.
Join phone meeting a little late. Try to calm myself by sipping horrible tea. Cough and make faces. Be grateful that I'm on the phone and not in person. Push horrible tea to back of desk.
Finish meeting without tea. Finish day without tea. Remind self - being in a hurry yields nothing but horrible tea!