When I worked at a tea shop, people would often come in and ask, “D’you sell coffee here?”
No! No we do not sell coffee, I wanted to yell. Go to the one of the eight billion coffee shops down the street that sell a wide variety of beans, ground and whole.
Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee. But in America, coffee is the American football to the rest of the world’s soccer. Tea is a global staple that Americans don’t get into with the same amount of devotion.
That’s starting to change. News about health benefits and the tradition of tea is starting to intrigue some people. There are more varieties of tea available at the grocery store, and more coffee shops are offering organic and fair trade teas along with their beans.
Tea is really just dried leaves stuck into some hot water, but hundreds of cultivations, innovations and traditions later, it’s become so much more than that. It’s an art form. It’s a way to relax, to socialize, to invigorate, to travel the world from the comfort of your armchair.
The more you learn about where the tea comes from, how it’s made, and what its history is, the more magical it all becomes. Your dried tea leaves whisper their secrets into the hot water as they steep, rolling out a trail of flavor for you to sip.
Tea is infinitely interesting, whether you’re a connoisseur or you just enjoy the comfort or flavor every once in a while. This blog is devoted to exploring tea in its many wonderful forms.