My answer is 1-2 years. I kind of discovered tea backwards. Hubby has dealt in fine antiques for over 10 years so we were constantly going to estate sales & auctions. During that time, I became intriqued w/antique Victorian teaware. I bought various pieces & collected vintage teacups & saucers. My favorite find is a 3 pc set of antique silver sugar tongs, sugar spoon & lemon fork. I never liked the hot tea from the Chinese restaurants so I was content w/my teaware just being used for decoration. Until...
Couple of years ago, my daughter asked to have a real tea party. So I pulled out the demitasse c&s, made some hot tea out of grocery store tea bags & discovered I like black tea. Last fall, with the help of the internet & this site, I ventured out into the world of loose tea & am hooked (thank you, I think
). As a result of my obsession, not only has my tea collection grown but so has my teaware. It's nice to use all these pretty pieces as they were intended.
BTW, thanx for opening up this forum. I've only been here a few months but for a while it felt like if you didn't drink green tea asian style, there was no place for you at TeaChat. I've even seen some people leave just because they didn't drink tea like everybody else (MW) & it was a real shame to see that. Have a great day. Off to make a cup of tea. Will let you know which kind as soon as I figure it out myself.