“I AM A TEA GEEK” OR
“I DON’T DRINK TEA – I’M NOT A TEA PERSON”.
It happens many times every day that we hear these words while hanging out with communities. These, for us, are the cues to gear up the conversation, and teleport to people’s childhood in search of that one moment - when they stumbled upon tea and right away accepted it or left it for a lifetime.
Accept it or not, when tea was introduced to you for the first time, it was just another consumer packet product for you. What exactly is tea? Is it a drink? A diet drug? A cure for cancer? A gateway into mysticism? A skin balm? Is it a flower? An herb? You were not grown up enough at that time to ask these questions. Hence, you took your decision based on just the taste. (NOT YOUR FAULT)
HOWEVER, IT’S TIME TO REBOOT.
You are never old to rebuild a taste - reset your body – and renew your life. Having said that, allow us to define tea, to help clarify fact from myth, and to outline the importance of tea not only in world history, but in our own lives. Let’s rethink tea, and be aware that the taste and magic is not found in tea leaves, in the liquor it creates, or in our relationships to these things, but in its ability to help us feel connected to our shared humanity.
WHAT IS TEA?
Tea is the new juice. Naturally rich in antioxidants and low in sugar - tea is the most compelling health brew of the moment. If a quick look around is any indication, it is experiencing a major fashion and wellness renaissance. And among those shaping how we think about beauty today – from facialists to herbalists to cleanse diehards committed to impeccable sourcing – it’s increasingly top of mind.
WHAT IS TEA?(Noncommercial answer)
Unlike often-mislabeled tisanes and aromatics, tea is something altogether different. At its core, tea is just a plant, Camellia Sinensis. All tea comes from the leaves, stems and buds of this plant.
SAME PLANT, BUT DIFFERENT TEAS?
Although all tea comes from Camellia Sinensis plant, all tea is not created equally. How each type of tea gets its taste, fragrance, and appearance is solely defined by the processes used to create the tea. To make any given tea, there are essentially eight steps that must take place: plucking, sorting, cleaning, withering, manufacturing, firing/drying, sorting, and packing. Whoa! Let’s be honest, when we strive to go beyond the cup, we can experience the true picture behind the picture.
HOW TO PURCHASE TEA?
Price. Rarity. Grade. Leaf style. Deliciousness. The promise of ‘High Quality’ or the ‘World’s Finest’. All of these can be a measure used to influence the price, and your purchasing decision. But, these alone do not ensure a tasty tea.
Judge the potential merits of a tea by evaluating its soundness. Soundness is the overall impression that a tea has on us when we look at it. You can evaluate all aspects of a sound tea in three phases:
Dry leaf – Should be even in color or tone; relatively uniform in shape and size; and pleasant and enticing in aroma.
Tea liquor – Sound tea should have clarity and sparkle in the cup. Who wants to sip a cup of murky tea?
Wet leaf – The aroma of the wet leaf should be indicative of the flavor of the liquor that will follow. There should be no off-putting smell or previously undetected unpleasant odor.
HOW TO EVALUATE AN ONLINE TEA STORE?
One of the key ways to evaluate a site is to look at what they tell you about themselves, who they are, where they are, and the depth of the information they present about the tea they are selling. Another best way (you know this one) is Word of mouth – check with your friends to see which tea brands they like.
There is nothing better than giving it a try.