TeaTime Magazine wrote:Hello,
I work for a magazine especially geared toward tea drinkers. I am new to the job and am trying to find my own niche in the tea world. If any of you have time, I would love to hear from you- who are you? where are you from? And most importantly, how did you become a tea enthusiast?
Thanks for your time!
I'm a freelance writer/author, so naturally I drink tea.
My parents were coffee drinkers. In fact, I was the only one in my house who drank a lot of tea. I seem to recall that my mom occasionally bought Lipton or occasionally Bigelow's Constant Comment. She also had sassafras and Chamomile tisanes.
I never could get used to coffee. It always tasted bitter. So, I drank plenty of Constant Comment and then branched out into flavored teas. I seem to recall this sickly sweet orange and cinnamon spiced tea was popular back east when I was about 13-14, but I'm not a fan of very sweet teas. Because my dad was retired military, the commissary would often carry brands I never heard of, so I tried them. I ended up settling for a ginger and cinnamon spiced tea and also Bigelow cinnamon stick.
Two things propelled me into the world of awesome tea. One was my visits to NYC and buying tea in Chinatown. The other was my move to Montana. I was under a mistaken impression that I probably couldn't get my regular tea in stores, so I started trying Adagio tea. Well, I discovered that I could get my regular tea, but I was so spoiled by that time, I decided I would simply get my tea via the internet.
So, there you go.