talking tea

8 Jan

I vividly remember harassing my mother throughout my childhood about her obsession with tea, because at the time I personally didn’t have a taste for it. Years later, I now understand why she hurriedly put the kettle on; the ritual performance of preparing a cup, the warm comfort of a fresh cup in your hand and the slice of time dedicated to sipping, reflecting and relaxing. Tea is something that I now look forward to enjoying daily. (Sorry mom: I hope this post makes up for my naive mockery of tea when I was younger).20140108-133649.jpgIf I were to guess what turned me onto tea, I’d most likely put it hand in hand with my discovery of sushi and Japanese cuisine. There was a little sushi place down the hill from where I studied my BFA, and I used to go weekly for lunch where avocado rolls, miso soup and green tea were staples. Half a decade later, teas frequent my refreshment zone on the regular. Green teas are still my favorite, but I am also a sucker for anything infused with fruit. The rare time I’ll enjoy a cup of chai or black tea, but they have to be heavy with milk and sugar. White teas have been a fun new discovery, and if someone tells me that I “have to” try a tea, I will. I can’t help but think that teas are like wines: taste tests are essentially limitless… Call me a tea lush. 20140108-133700.jpgHaving my best friend move in with my fiance and I several months ago has done nothing but increase my tea intake: we will boil water several times a day and steep cup after cup. At the beginning of December we decided to get all posh and treated ourselves to a selection of loose leaf teas from David’s Tea. After scouring their awesome website, Pineapple Oolong, Guava Cadabra, Coco Chai Rooibos and Goji Pop were carefully selected. They’ve all been sampled. They are all AMAZING. Christmas gifts further fueled my tea obsession when both my sister and sister-in-law each treated me to David’s Tea Trio’s: The Green Collection, and the Holiday Collection! Spoiled. We have since set up a tea station: large mugs,  ceramic birch spoon, sugar bowl and 3 cup teapot are all at the ready and waiting. Loose leaf teas are stored in large and small tins, while bagged teas are in the ceramic deer jar. Put the kettle on and help yourself! 20140108-133714.jpgDo you drink tea? What are some of your favorites? Do you prefer it black or do you add something to it? Let’s talk tea, leave your comments below.

4 Responses to “talking tea”

  1. shelbyisrad 08/01/2014 at 18:02 #

    mmmm I love tea. I need to get a kettle now that i’ve moved out from the apartment where my roommate had one. My two most favorite teas are a white tea with pomegranate from Trader Joes, and a loose leaf rose petal tea from World Market, its a valentines day blend. I am dying to try David’s tea, but haven’t yet!

    • shelbyisrad 08/01/2014 at 18:03 #

      oh and i almost always have honey in my tea! and sometimes a dash of lemon juice. :)

  2. valeria poropat 09/01/2014 at 09:32 #

    Tea is one of the few things I love about cold weather :) I don’t have a favorite blend and I love trying and experimenting with classic tea and herbal tea blends, with just one spoon of brown sugar. I am reading this sipping on a liquorice herbal tea.

  3. Ronnie Wassill 14/01/2014 at 23:26 #

    Hey Jessica, so glad I heard about your blog. Fun to read – you have a future as a writer, along with being a fine artist.

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