The grandfather of self-sufficiency argues tea can’t compare to beer — it’s not as nutritious or good for you as beer, it costs more money, wastes your time, makes your daughters unmarriable and your children lazy. Follow his argument within the context of the importance of beer in the 1800s.
“Cottage Economy” by William Cobbett is the founding bible of self-sufficiency from way back in the 1820s. Reread this old story still relevant today on the notion that once upon a time, people knew a better way of doing things that should not be forgotten.
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"I have here estimated a year of tea drinking at its very lowest. The entertainment which I have here provided is as poor, as mean, as miserable as any thing short of starvation can set forth; and yet the wretched thing amounts to a good third part of a good and able labourer’s wages! For this money, he and his family may drink good and wholesome beer; in a short time, out of the mere savings from this waste, may drink it out of silver cups and tankards."
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"Here, then, is the sum of four pounds two shillings and twopence saved every year by brewing and drinking beer rather than making and drinking tea."