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I have finally decided that tea is not just a passing fancy for me, and it was time to make myself an actual tea cupboard. Unfortunately, that meant cleaning out a few cabinets.

This was the tea that rewarded me, and relaxed me, once all of my treasures had a permanent home. As always, the rose and the black base are in perfect harmony…neither over-powers the other. The 5 minute resteep was equally as good.

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gmathis

Cheers to a tidy cabinet!

aisling of tea

We had to do this as well….as long as I’ve known her, my mother had a tea drawer, so when we got the new house, we had a tea drawer. Then we got into the loose leaf teas, and our tea drawer became a massive tea shelf. Soon we’ll have a tea shelf, rack, and another shelf! It feels so good to have it all tidy, though.

Batrachoid

We gave up containing the obsession. Now it’s a cupboard and three drawers plus a bunch of jars and tins around as decoration…

SimplyJenW

Ha Ha…I love the idea of tea tin home decor. Somehow, I don’t think my hubster would like it much. He likes the counters as clear as possible, but unfortunately I fail at that…. My first tea cupboard is an upper and part of a deep lower. Man, where does it go from here!

JacquelineM

I have the middle part of one of the kitchen cabinets, and a drawer at work :) The teas have also migrated to the bottom drawer of one of the cabinets, too, but I do not approve!! I told myself “No major tea purchases, missy, until you can fit all of your tea in the middle shelf of the cabinet!!” So, I’m going to buy THIS lovely tea this week, and that’s IT until…I fall head over heels in love with another tea ;)

SimplyJenW

Mine would all fit into my 18" upper, but I like to have space to see what I have. I need to hold off a bit on purchases, too. But tea is my reward for staying on my eating and exercise plan (and I have lost almost 30 pounds ince last Sept., and walked almost 100 miles since late Jan.) And I used to be such a couch potato!

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gmathis

Cheers to a tidy cabinet!

aisling of tea

We had to do this as well….as long as I’ve known her, my mother had a tea drawer, so when we got the new house, we had a tea drawer. Then we got into the loose leaf teas, and our tea drawer became a massive tea shelf. Soon we’ll have a tea shelf, rack, and another shelf! It feels so good to have it all tidy, though.

Batrachoid

We gave up containing the obsession. Now it’s a cupboard and three drawers plus a bunch of jars and tins around as decoration…

SimplyJenW

Ha Ha…I love the idea of tea tin home decor. Somehow, I don’t think my hubster would like it much. He likes the counters as clear as possible, but unfortunately I fail at that…. My first tea cupboard is an upper and part of a deep lower. Man, where does it go from here!

JacquelineM

I have the middle part of one of the kitchen cabinets, and a drawer at work :) The teas have also migrated to the bottom drawer of one of the cabinets, too, but I do not approve!! I told myself “No major tea purchases, missy, until you can fit all of your tea in the middle shelf of the cabinet!!” So, I’m going to buy THIS lovely tea this week, and that’s IT until…I fall head over heels in love with another tea ;)

SimplyJenW

Mine would all fit into my 18" upper, but I like to have space to see what I have. I need to hold off a bit on purchases, too. But tea is my reward for staying on my eating and exercise plan (and I have lost almost 30 pounds ince last Sept., and walked almost 100 miles since late Jan.) And I used to be such a couch potato!

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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