We talk about coffee all the time around here, but today we
want to tip our hat to all the tea lovers out there. Black, green or herbal, hot or iced, with milk and sugar or
lemon and honey, pinkies up or down, the options are endless.
For centuries, tea has been a coveted commodity. Having been first discovered in China
it was mostly consumed for its medicinal properties. As it migrated across the globe it was often seen as the
drink of royals and high society. Tea
became a status symbol. It was
also a target for high and arbitrary taxes. These taxes are what sparked the Boston Tea Party and the
American Revolution. But the love
of tea didn’t stop there. In fact
it went where no one has gone before right beside the famed Star Trek Captain
Jean Luc Picard who’s drink of choice was always, “tea, earl grey, hot”.
The varieties of tea are endless, but the three most
recognized categories are green, black and herbal. Green and black teas are both made from the same plant and
differ only in the way they are processed. Both are caffeinated although they have less caffeine than
coffee. Just like coffee, the
caffeine can be removed making decaffeinated versions. Just like coffee, though decaffeinated
teas still have traces of caffeine in them. Herbal tea on the other hand is made from combinations of
herbs, spices and other plant material and usually does not contain any
Once you’ve chosen the type of tea you want to try, just
like with coffee, you want to begin with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, but only once. You never want to reboil the
water. Then pour the water over
your carefully choose, high quality tea bag like Two Leaves and a Bud and steep for at least 3 minutes.
To make things simpler you can always grab K-Cups in your favorite tea
flavors such as earl grey and lemon zinger. You know that Hav-A-Cup at home is the
best place to purchase Keurig Coffee Makers and cheap K-Cups, and delivers them
right to your door. Prefer your tea
iced? Not a problem, K-Cups also
come in specially formulated varieties perfect for brewing over ice.
Everyone has an opinion about what is and is not supposed to
be added to tea. Milk but never
cream, lemon, sugar but not together, honey when you have a sore throat, or
lemonade if you’re in the south.
We’ll leave that up to you, but however you take it; raise your pinky
finger for the love of tea!