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Cup of Tea

Captain Sulu's morning cup of tea.

Tea was a beverage which could be served either hot or cold. The tea was made from plant leaves and steeped in hot water. If the tea was to be served cold, then the tea was gradually cooled and then poured over ice. There were many varieties of tea from various different planets. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

History and specifics[]

Over her years of service aboard Enterprise (NX-01), Subcommander T'Pol was served various Earth and Vulcan blends of tea both hot and cold. (ENT episodes: "Breaking the Ice", "Babel One", "", "Fusion", "Fallen Hero")


Sulu kicked away drugged tea.

In 2273, while searching for James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy and Nyota Uhura on Abaris, Spock, Hikaru Sulu and Greywolf came across archeologists Elsa and Paul Hoff. The Hoffs offered tea to Spock. He was about to drink it, but Sulu caught sight of one of Uhura’s earrings on the floor. He kicked Spock’s tea out of his hands before he could take a sip of the drugged beverage. (TOS comic: "Aberration on Abaris")

Hikaru Sulu was fond of having a cup of tea in the morning. During his command of the USS Excelsior, Sulu was known to enjoy a cup as he started duty on the bridge. On one occasion, Ensign Tuvok brought Sulu a Vulcan blend of tea. (TOS movie: The Undiscovered Country; VOY episode: "Flashback")

Captain Jean-Luc Picard was known for his fondness for Earl Grey, and would often order it from the replicator in his ready room with the phrase, "Tea, Earl Grey, hot". (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

On one occasion, Picard had Ensign Raymond bring him a cup of tea while he was on bridge duty. (TNG comic: "... Where No One Has Gone Before!")


Much later, Admiral Picard would continue ordering tea from Starfleet replicators. After Seven of Nine completed a version of the Kobayashi Maru scenario in the early 2400s decade, Picard ordered the holodeck computer to provide tea for two. When the computer requested a variety, Picard indicated "you know who I am" and the replicated tea service confirmed Earl Grey, hot. (PIC - Stargazer comic: "Issue 1")

In 2389, Jake Sisko visited Elim Garak on Cardassia Prime. Garak offered Jake Sisko red leaf tea. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

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