Friday, September 11, 2009

A Tea Journey...

Sadly, about a month ago, I gave up coffee. Yes. It's true. It was a hard decision to make. Coffee and I have a long history. I would buy special roasted whole beans, grind them fresh every morning and them use an aeropress to make my cup of coffee. I even had a few favorite beans. For the record, Kenya coffee is my favorite. If it is roasted properly you get an amazingly smooth, yet dark and rich cup of coffee. It's like nothing you've ever tasted, just that good.

Ok, breathing, pulling myself out of my coffee day dream. Back to the present. I gave up coffee because while, in small amounts, it has some health benefits, it also has a lot of negative effects on the body. I switched to water-processed decaf, but it just wasn't the same. Decaf just doesn't have the same rich, full-bodied, flavor of regular coffee.

Then I ran into the problem of what to drink? I enjoy water and juice, but both are a cold drink. I really like to drink warm/hot drinks. Hot Chocolate has a lot of caffeine, and sugar, so not really any better than coffee. And thus, I came to tea. If you buy high quality leaves and steep it properly it can have many health benefits and despite popular myth, it has about 1/10 the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Next, I conferred with many friends. Most from Asian and English families, the original tea drinkers... *wink* Friends highly recommended the site, Tenren.com.

I did some more research on my friend, the internet, and browsed the many, many options for tea leaves from tenren.com.

So many of the tea descriptions looked amazing. Yes, I get easily sucked into things. I have a habit of enjoying anything I set my mind to. It can be a good and bad thing.

With all the choices and my desire to try each and every one...I decided to get a sample of each type of tea first. I will also be keeping a tea journal of which kinds I try, their aroma, taste, and how they make me feel. And I decided to share it here, don't you feel lucky now? I'm not just about the sewing, see.

Without further ado, please see my next post for news on my first cup of tea.

1 comment:

susie said...

I absolutely cannot believe that actually gave up coffee like that! I know you were having a tenuous relationship with it, but I never thought it would come to that!

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