Michael_C wrote:Drinking tea made me realize how lucky I am in other respects as well: to have a wonderful circle of friends, a strong support system with my Yuki and my family, relatively good health and a good portion of every day laughing loud. It's in the tea, for sure. I didn't notice these things until I started counting time on hourglasses and sharing matcha. Strange as it might sound.
Hello Michael, I didn't really think of that aspect of tea. I agree, tea and family and friends do go hand and hand. Thank you for you post! Cheers!!
Yay for family, friends, and tea! Ever since I landed at Adagio and learning more about tea, I've gotten my mom and my dad hooked on rooibos and decaf teas, as they use to be coffee drinkers. Also , since learning all about real tea and what nots, my mom has gone on a binge teacup buying spree, building up her collection of mostly British china. She's a bit out of hand, but she did buy me several awesome mugs and a teapot. Along with my parents, I've gotten other members in my family hooked, as well as my friends, a lot of which were coffee slaves, and now feel better because they have their cups of tea in the morning instead of poop-enabling coffee (hehe, sorry for vocab).
Before Adagio, I can credit my discovery of tea to working long hours in a bookstore cafe. I used to open 7am-4pm shifts at least 3 times a week, and would have a Venti coffee in the morning, do lots of work, burn out, have another one at lunch, repeat, and then one befor eI left because I had a class at 7pm to 9pm. I would poop like crazy and feel tired throughout the day.
My first delve into tea was via Republic of Tea, which we sold and later Harney and Sons. I would take English Breakfast and their fruity teas (I still have a softspot for RoT's raspberry quince tea) with cream and some honey and it gave me the boost I needed but didn't make me crazy. I would bring my little travel mug from my apartment to class (prepared with the college student's essential appliance: the hot pot. i also made my ramen with it, heh). I knew there were different types of tea, but didn't really know too much about it- that all came when I got my spot here at Adagio- and I'm learning every day!
I still take coffee once in while, especially via iced sugary latte-esque drinks, but I prefer my tea throughout the day, no cream or sugar, just as it is. I'm now delving into the murky water s of yerba mate- I just got some samples from Rishi and Nativa Original Yerba Mate and I'm hoping to learn more about cooking with tea, mixing special blends, and everything else.