It takes three to five minutes to steep. Three to five minutes to wait before I have a comforting and luxurious drink that seems every bit as decadent as the most fruity coffee drink that Starbucks can come up with. Keep your "double half-caf venti soy caramel machiato*." I have bee balm in my tea... and an extra $3.50 in my pocket.
*Truthfully, my weakness at Starbucks is the "grande vanilla latte," but I have heard that exact order a little too often. My truest coffee drink is café au lait, but I want it in an enormous cup with a full afternoon to savor it over an Umberto Eco novel**.
**It's all probably a substitute for sex, anyway.