When I was little, my mom would always put on a fresh pot of tea when I got home from school. Since then tea has been one of my favourite treats, and with fall weather getting closer I've been making a daily ritual of brewing tea in the afternoons. Buying loose tea is an old fashioned experience that I really love, but it can be a little overwhelming unless you have a little…
I thought I'd lend a hand in that department!
While tea bags are fast & convenient, loose leaf tea just tastes better. Most tea bags are made with a grade of tea that's called “dust”, which dries out and loses flavour, but because loose leaf tea is brewed from larger leaves it's much tastier. If you have a favourite kind of bagged tea, chances are you'll fall even more in love with it if you try the loose leaf version.
Of course, brewing loose leaf tea is also a bit fancy & old fashioned, which I think effects the taste :)
Buying loose tea is a little like buying wine- there are a lot of different kinds & it can be helpful to know a few things before you go in so you know what to expect:
- Loose tea is sold by the pound- I'd recommend starting with a quarter pound as a safe amount, especially if you're trying a new type of tea.
- There are lots of different types – Common types of tea are white, green, black & oolong. You'll find out what you like best by trying a few different kinds. My favourite kinds are black teas- they have caffeine and go well with a little milk.
- Teas can be a “blend” or an “estate”– Blends are where different types of tea leaves are mixed together to create a taste, and estate teas use leaves that are all grown on the same physical plot of land. Estate teas are a little more expensive, but I like blends because the flavour is more consistent each time you buy them.
- You don't have to make a whole pot – There are lots of different kinds of single cup infusers that make it really easy to make a cup without it being a big production. I've had a Teastick for years and just adore it.
Once you've found your new favourite tea, steep it according to its directions (usually 3 – 5 mins) and enjoy!
can you see me in the cup? :)
Taking a minute in the afternoon to brew up a little pot of tea is an easy way to take a moment for myself that I've done at almost every job I've had. I love having little rituals that help me take a step back from any stress or anxiety I've been working through, and putting on a pot of tea before curling up with some afternoon e-mail is one of my favourite ways to have a few moments of comfort and a strong end to the day.
Of course, if a cup of tea doesn't work I recommend adopting a British accent & refusing to explain yourself.
Are you a tea granny or do you need more granny street cred?
You don't have to include photos of your new blue rinse, I'll believe you!