Tea Tales

Would it surprise any of you coffee drinkers out there to know that I can go MONTHS without a cup of coffee?

I love tea.

I know that tea is very “in” right now but, honestly, I’ve been drinking it forever. I love everything about it – the flavor, the warmth, the relaxing ritual of preparing it, the tinkling sound of the spoon while stirring it – all of these things bring a moment of calm reflection to an otherwise hectic day.

Tea Time

Tea Party

Perhaps I developed this affection for tea from my grandmother. She believed that tea was the quintessential answer for everything! If you had a very bad day, she would make you a cup of tea to cheer you. If you were bursting with wonderful news, she’d urge you to sit at the table while she put the kettle on, and as soon as the tea was poured, she’d sit beside you and want to hear every detail of your good fortune. If you were sick with a cold or a stomach ache – well then, a cup of tea would surely cure you!

I must admit I am kind of fussy about the tea I drink. I prefer black tea. I know green tea is good for you, but many studies suggest that black tea is very beneficial, too. With milk, please – not cream! And the water must be HOT. Every once and a while, in a moment of sheer lunacy, I order tea at a restaurant. Most of the time I’m given a pot or a cup of barely lukewarm water, and no tea bag in the world can steep properly under those conditions. Talk about drinking dishwater!

Part of the fun of drinking tea is all of the “accoutrements” that go along with it – teapots, pretty bone china teacups with gilded edges, silver tea strainers, and little tea bag holders! And while I don’t use all of those things daily, I love to collect them and I do use a pretty bunch of china mugs that easily pop into the dishwasher.

Well, that’s my take on tea. What do you like to drink? 🙂


Tea Tales — 9 Comments

  1. I am a tea-lover as well. I am partial to fruit-infused ceylon teas, and rich spicy chai.
    Coffee is a fine morning beverage, but nothing beats a hot cup of tea in the afternoon. It is my little way to spoil myself on a daily basis.

  2. Tea is great
    I’m not a coffee drinker
    But if I must, it needs a pound of sugar and cream!

  3. It’s tea for me!!! Black tea with 2 sugars and some milk, AND if I’m really treating myself, some cookies or buttered crackers to dunk in…oh yummy!!! Here it is 2:45 am, and I’m still playing around with my silly blog, and now I have an urge for tea and cookies! (I added a clock…I’m so proud of myself!) Tomorrow is going to be a sleepy sort of day. Time to put the kettle on! … I love your little stories Crystal! :o)

  4. Well there you go. This is probably the biggest difference between us sis. No tea for me. I understand the ambiance attributed to the drinking tea rituals and they are cool for those that subscribe to them. But not for me.

    I need the strength of a cup of jo. Give me a good strong cup of java. I will even eat chocolate covered beans. I love the aroma. Do you get that with tea? I can never get enough coffee. I am a Wonder of the World. Probably one of the only people you will ever know that can drink coffee all day right up until I go to bed with never a shake or loss of ZZZZs. I brew Hazelnut. If the left overs aren’t in a thermos caraffe on the counter, they are embellished with a little creamer and sugar and it goes into a freezer mug in the freezer for a frozen coffee treat tomorrow.

    However, I will admit that I love Lipton Raspberry tea. Shhhh.

  5. I e-njoy coffee and tea! I agree with you about all of the pretties that go with hot tea drinking. The teacups, tea bag holders, teapots, etc.
    My friends and I always enjoy hot tea together. Tea rooms are a great
    place to enjoy tea. Many thanks, Cindi

  6. I must admit, I am a green tea fanatic myself. Especially a properly prepared Japanese green tea (think tea ceremony prepared). OMG. To calm down, I usually go for chamomile or chai.

    I’m also a huge fan of mate, but it’s much more of a social drink, so I don’t drink it often.

    On that note – off to the kitchen for a cup of tea!

  7. The most fun we’ve had with tea lately was Blooming Teas! They are flowers that “bloom” in hot water, and they taste absolutely fabulous. My daughter loves them!

  8. Like you I can also live without having even a cup of coffee for months. I like Tea. But not in summers. I like to have cups of tea in winters to relax myself, to make me warm. A hot cup of tea in winters is heavenly.

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