Tea, the Beverage

Tell about your favorite tea. How do you prepare it and serve it? Milk and sugar? Plain? What are some of your best memories of serving or sipping on this tea? Share a picture if you can. Tell the health benefits of the tea(s) you prefer. Where do you purchase your tea? Is there someplace you enjoy purchasing tea from? Who from and where?
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There are so many teas that I enjoy. I live in Japan, so I have learned to love green tea. Earl Grey is one that I drink often with milk. I order fruit or herbal tea when visiting a coffee shop with a friend. When I serve tea at a tea party, I usually serve black tea. A few years ago, I started to have some physical difficulties from caffiene. As a result, I began drinking decafe tea. I love Stash’s chocolate hazelnut and caramel creme. With a little sweetener, this is like having a cup of dessert! Rooibos or red tea contains no caffeine. I first discovered this tea when visiting a friend. She offered me a cup of tea so I asked if she any that was caffeine-free. She served me Good Hope Vanilla by The Republic of Tea. I bought a canister of it to bring with me to Japan. I love it!
Buying tea here can be challenging. I live in a large city that has many shops with foreign food in it. I love when I can visit one of these shops and buy one of my favorite teas. It’s a real treat for this tea lover!
Happy Teatime!
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11 thoughts on “Tea, the Beverage

  1. Bonita

    Wow, I’m sure it’s interesting living in Japan! That Stash tea you mentioned sounds so good. I’ll have to give it a try. I, too, like Rooibos tea. I’m visiting via the tea blog-a-thon and will be back.

  2. ellen b

    It must be interesting living in a different country. I suppose it’s always fun to find something familiar to you in a shop. Enjoy your tea adventures…My daughter is has a class this quarter in the Seattle area about the Art of Japanese tea…

  3. Steph

    Have you tried any rooibos teas? (Good Hope may be rooibos, actually). It’s naturally caffeine free and has a great taste, too.

  4. Grace Yaskovic

    I have read so many people that are not happy with Rooibos tea but I love it! thanks for your post!

  5. moosehammer

    Living in Japan and experiencing tea are two things that sound so very interesting to me. Have you had the opportunity to attend a tea ceremony in Japan? A sweet friend, Hitomi, once gave a presentation on Japanese tea service at a garden tea that my mother had at her home. She showed us how to make matcha and how to serve the most honored (oldest) guest at tea first. It was a lovely and meaningful experience. I remember it all so fondly, as my mother was the honored guest and passed away just a few months later.I understand the need for decaf teas. Have you studied how to take a regular black tea and, using a water process, transforming it to decaf right at home? It’s a very simple and effective process. The instructions are in my blog archives if you are interested.Thanks for a great post!LaTeaDah

  6. Yellow Rose Arbor

    I can’t have caffeine either. I have instructions on my blog of how to make regular tea a decaf.Katherine

  7. Vee ~ A Haven for Vee

    And more exotic flavors to think about…chocolate hazelnut and caramel creme. Oh boy! Thank you for telling us about those.

  8. CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART

    I am eager to learn more about tea. I love green tea and black tea. I like mine to have some taste of sweet to it. Enjoy your tea. Have a great day. connie from Texas

  9. Maggie Ann

    I just tried Rooibos vanilla mint..and bought a can of it to bring home. Yum! I also like Watkins Chai and Stash’s Licorice Spice. And others that I cannot think of at present. Tea is so comforting. I love the herbal teas from Mountain Craft Days too. This winter I bought the Sunbeam tea maker…it has a little mesh bottomed basket that holds loose tea…love it!

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