Well, that's not quite true. Lately I've grown to quite like having a cup of chamomile tea before I go to bed. It seems to help me sleep, and I have to appreciate that. I try to join the cheerleader group of tea lovers, yet in my heart I remain aloof, and fairly suspicious. Perhaps it's the whole thing of people I don't know, in countries I don't know, with different food standards that I don't know, putting stuff they call tea in little bags and telling me it's good for me.
There's no doubt I am by preference a plain water person, or water with a slice of home grown lemon. I love my little limes in water too. Hot drinks? Seems like a cup of coffee is vastly preferred, if I'm offered a choice. I've grown to realise decaffeinated seems to work best for me.
Tea is good anytime!
I can't think of anything that would be more boring than trying to consume 8 glasses of water each day. I guess others feel that way too, and that's why they fill up on tea.
In England people use tea as a panacea for all misery, happiness, bleeding noses and wounds. Any wrinkle in daily life will be met with "come and have a cuppa, luv. You'll feel better."
These are not the boutique tea people . These are the economical coupon clippers, the buy one get two people. They have milk and sugar in their tea too. The milk has to go in first, and then about two teaspoons of sugar. It probably does give an instant high though, and that does make it fun. So if they have five cups a day, and that's a conservative guess, they're up to 10 teaspoons of of sugar each day. They don't drink it for health reasons though!
Have you noticed how some folks become tea snobs? Only the best loose leaf will do for them. They line up to buy the stuff in boutique type tea shops, with many large glass jars filled with exotic mixtures ( blends they call them) and dole out miniscule amounts into fancy bags then happily accept a major amount of money for them.
Why I don't like rooibos tea...
I wonder if this was where my distaste for tea occurred? My dad actually contracted cancer later on in life, before he died. I’ve often thought about that continuous dose of staining rooibos on his kidneys, and this might explain my definite unwillingness to drink rooibos tea.
A thoughtful Christmas gift
You put your preferred loose tea blend in it, then fill with boiling water. I think it would make enough tea at a time for 4 friends.
Let it steep until it looks perfect for your taste, lift the jug and place it over the cup. When you rest it on the cup a little valve in the bottom of the jug opens, the tea rushes out and fills the cup. If you lift it from the cup the valve closes again!
It makes a beautiful clear cup of tea. No strainer, no mess.
The granddaughter selected what she thought would be a perfect blend for me. It has organic ginger, green rooibos, black and white pepper, pink peppercorns and stevia in it.
Rooibos? I hadn't ever told her about my feelings in that regard. I must have choked a little as I said I loved it! I mean, what else do you say when someone you care about so much offers you something with love? Since then, I've made it in my new contraption several times, and you know what . . . I really do love it! It's spicy, delicious, and it doesn't stain at all. it is the perfect blend.
I dutifully watch my tea drinking friends as they enjoy their various blends. There's a lot more I could say about tea, but we'll leave that for another time. For now, I'll just say not all teas are what they appear to be.
Here's a little slide-show demonstration for you
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