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February 24, 2005

tea break with costs and efforts



I am a big tea drinker. While I like to have a nice cup of coffee now and then, I find myself brewing a cup of tea a lot more often. I drink almost any kind of tea - from English to Japanese to Chinese, from black to green to white, and from flavored to herbal -, although I typically treat myself with a nice strong cup of brown tea (black tea with milk). My first and foremost favorite would have to be Taylors of Harrogate good and strong Pure Assam tea from Yorkshire, I am also partial to Mariage Frères black tea called Grand Bois Chéri (served with milk).


I got this mellow vanilla-flavored Mauritius tea leaves came in a beautirul dark blue tin this time. It is supposed to be desirable to keep the delicate leaves airtight in it, but - or maybe because of this - it is really hard to open once it's closed. Bad news for a lazy tea drinker.

Speaking of laziness, I am by nature a tea lover but not a tea connoisseur, and am pretty casual about making my cuppa; namely, I'd almost always go to tea bags rather than a traditional "leaves in a pot" method. So what I'd do when I got tea leaves like this instead of readily-bagged teas is to put a teaspoonful of leaves in an indivisual-sized cotton-woven tea bag and throw it in a cup, then pour fresh-boiled water.

This may not be an authentic or admirable way of brewing nice artisan tea leaves, but it at least doesn't put me off and thus keep me away from having nice teas. (And this, by the way, comes at a cost double of what it is in France, which is another factor that can keep me away from having this nice tea too often.)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi chika! i'm just about to do a tea post as well :-) i love yorkshire tea, definitely with milk, as otherwise it feels like it is stripping the enamel off my teeth. if we are ever in los angeles at the same time, i'll take you to chado, the tearoom across from the cook's library--lovely tea! 

Posted by santos

Anonymous said...

You can make individual cups of tea with tea leaves by using one of those small 1 cup coffee plungers...just make sure you wash it free of any coffee grounds! I find it works really well when I'm only making tea for myself, and want it to be a nice tasting cup.  

Posted by Niki

Anonymous said...

hi ! it's the first time i see your nblog and i just wanted to say that your pictures are really wonderful and poetic... 

Posted by fallenangel

Anonymous said...

If Athlotus could eat, Athlotus would be hungry. I too enjoy the tea; it works well upon my blades. Now! You must join The Resistance, and feed the army of Mechas. 

Posted by Athlotus

Anonymous said...

Hi Chika
I have been promising to write a tea post for my colleague at work for about 3 months.
I will get round to it eventually.
I am a huge fan of black tea. Unusual for an English girl to have no milk. In fact I need one right now.... 

Posted by Sam

Anonymous said...

Hi there, thanks for your comments and my apologies for the late reply.

santos - you know what, I dropped by Chado by chance, while I was in LA last year, on my way to Cook's Library. Joyce once got me their Sikkim tea, which I really liked and remembered!

Niki - thanks for the tip, the thing is, I don't brew coffee at home and don't have any coffee making equipment :P but when/if I do, I will remember that...

fallenangel - thanks a lot!

Athlotus - I must join what?

Sam - ... and a tea post has never appeared on your blog yet, but I've been entertained by all other topics instead, so it's okay :) I like plain black tea, too, but I tend to lean toward brown tea... 

Posted by chika

Anonymous said...

I too have tried that vanilla tea from Mauritius and absolutely adore it. Is there anywhere i can buy it online or in Australia..... 

Posted by Christina

Anonymous said...

Christina -

You can order Mauritius tea from Chado Tea Room . I love this flavor! 

Posted by Tea Drinker