I am Kevin from South Florida, US and am a current tea convert! I have been drinking coffee for years every morning (let's see now ... for probably about 30+ years daily) and then, for some odd reason, about two weeks ago as I was making my coffee the smell of it just turned my stomach.
I started to drink it, actually felt sickened by the taste, and figured - hey, I have GOT to get some caffeine into my body here -- so I pulled out a box of Lipton tea bags that I keep in stock for when my mom comes to visit (she drinks it every night).
Anyway -- for the past two weeks I've been hooked on my morning tea. Yes, I know some of you more adept and well-versed tea drinkers are probably shuddering at my Lipton tea from a tea bag habit. That is one of the reasons that I started searching on the web and came across this site - to find out what I should really buy to make REAL tea (decent tea) and where to get it, etc...
I posted something on another forum here asking the same questions and got a few links from people, which was really nice. I guess I would say that I like the taste of Lipton type tea (whatever that is) but I'm looking for something that is maybe a bit stronger in caffeine, if that is possible from tea? I'm really a novice to this whole world of tea -- as you can tell.
I'm off to read some posts and pick up some tips from all of you .. and then perhaps to shop some online shops for a proper teapot and other tools -- and for some new tea! I've never made "loose tea" before and have no clue how to make it -- but I'm sure I'll find out here!
Thanks, everyone, for helping me along on my new path of morning bliss. Kevin