February 14, 2014
I am a late-in-life tea drinker.
It was about a year ago that I actually (finally) started to enjoy the taste of hot tea. Since I have never been a coffee drinker (love the smell; hate the taste) I am thrilled to finally have a hot liquid I can so happily imbibe. I have settled on green tea (with orange passion fruit and jasmine) to which I add organic cider vinegar and honey. I make a cup as soon as I get up, which is usually around 4:45 a.m. (That early in the morning, I figure a little caffeine is a very good thing.)
I carry my cup of tea into the living room where I read the Bible, accompanied by my furry sidekick, Summer. She is of the opinion that I am incurably incapable of doing anything of any merit without her invaluable assistance.
Here she is, waiting to be lifted up into our chair so that she can “help” me read the Bible.
So nice to have her peaceful companionship early in the morning.
One day last week, Summer and I were hanging out together in the kitchen waiting for the tea water to heat and I started reading the back of the tea box to entertain myself. I was just a little alarmed to discover that I had been doing my tea stuff all wrong. According to my Official Lipton Box, I am supposed to be pouring the water over the tea bag instead of putting the tea bag into the water.
Then Steve recently told me that he likes to heat his water at least three minutes in the microwave and I realized I was only heating my water two minutes. And he also said that he likes to put a saucer over the cup while the tea is steeping so as not to lose any of the heat. And he steeps his about four minutes and I only steep mine two minutes.
I never knew there were so many variables to preparing hot tea.
Now you have to understand something. If I am a tea neophyte, then Steve is the consummate tea professional. He doesn’t just love drinking it, he loves the whole comforting, familiar ritual of making it. (And he would NEVER put vinegar and honey in his tea; he just adds a little milk.)
Since our recent tea conversations, it has occurred to me that if there are so many tea differences between just him and me, then there must be many, many differences between all the other tea drinkers in the world.
And since one of the many benefits of having a blog is that I have wonderful people I can ask about things like this . . . I’m asking!
What are your feelings about hot tea? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?
Do you have a certain flavor you prefer?
Do you have any tips for preparing it? (For instance, do you pour the water over the tea bag or dunk the bag in the water? And does it really make a difference?)
How long do you steep it?
What do you add do it?
Are you a fan of tea bags or loose tea? Does loose tea affect the flavor?
Lastly, does drinking tea have any special memories for you? Did you have a cup with your grandma every night when your were younger? Do you and your spouse start each morning together with a cup? What are your tea memories?
Since I am most definitely a tea neophyte, I would be grateful to hear from people who have been drinking it a long time and have lots of tea wisdom to offer. I’m ready and eager to apply that knowledge to those peaceful, tea-drinking morning hours of my life.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.