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You know you have become a true tea drinker when………

…you are sitting on the porch in 80 degree weather drinking hot Earl Grey Supreme. And you are usually hot in this kind of weather. Still, this is a nice relaxing cup, and it is now on my shopping list for the next order to Harney’s, even though I have about an once and a half left. Resteep at 6 minutes.

How did you know you had become a true tea drinker?

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teawing

I realized it today as well, as I made my way out of my office, into 90 plus degree heat, to get hot water then back to steep at my desk. Good thing I didn’t see anyone, they would have thought I was crazy. It is iced tea month and all, but I just want it hot, then to experience that natural cool down process in the cup. TTD-True Tea Drinker for sure.

Indigobloom

when I started getting eye rolls from people as I started to talk tea! this is a true obsession, taking over my life… but in the best way possible :)

ashmanra

The eye-rolling…yes, yes, I have seen that. Also, referring to friends who get hooked on tea as “converts.” And ordering one pound bags. And refusing to let the people at Barnes and Noble make my tea, taking my bag home with me to prepare it myself. :)

SimplyJenW

Oh yes…the eye-rolling. And I have totally turned into a tea snob, too! When I go to Panera for my knitting group, I pay for hot water and bring my own tea. Kind of crazy!

Indigobloom

you have a Panera where you are?! we have one that I know of nearby, that place is fun! ahhh yes, when people get a peek at my desk drawer at work, and I tell them this is maybe a tenth of my stash… well they kindof back away haha. I’ve been known to make my own bags and get hot water from wherever I am as well. The stares of disbelief are entertaining in some ways…

Jillian

Yeah I know about the eye-rolling – my boyfriend does it all the time and calls me a hard-core tea addict. :D

ashmanra

My hubby keeps threatening to schedule an “intervention.” He also threatens to call the authorities when I start weighing leaves to split pound bags with friends…

JacquelineM

Two things stand out- one is when I switched to loose leaf 10 (12? 15? I’ve lost track!) or so years ago, and it became second nature/ritual. I think of it as the most natural thing in the world (and think tea bags are a little strange!!), but guests/coworkers always comment how fussy it seems! I enjoy it immensely – very soothing to go through all the steps.

The other big one is when I discovered that I loved Chinese teas without cream and sugar. That was pretty recent – just about a year or so ago!

Oh, oh! I think I have one more! When I started having tea in work and not coffee like everyone else. I got my own electric kettle and little brew cup and have been happy as a clam in tea land!!!

QuiltGuppy

Intervention… lol! :D That’s great. My students think it’s really cool how I figure out how much tea I use. They prefer to watch me use the brewing basket than the t-sacs, but I only have one travel mug with the basket, so I tend to use that with a tea I know I can use for multiple infusions throughout the day.

Indigobloom

ohhh the interventions… my Mum has tried those on several occasions, in regards to my excesssive tea! Dad has no interest, but she tries to drag him into it to. Good fun to watch :)

Indigobloom

all I have here at work is a hot water “tap” that comes out of the coffee maker. So primitive!!! lol

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teawing

I realized it today as well, as I made my way out of my office, into 90 plus degree heat, to get hot water then back to steep at my desk. Good thing I didn’t see anyone, they would have thought I was crazy. It is iced tea month and all, but I just want it hot, then to experience that natural cool down process in the cup. TTD-True Tea Drinker for sure.

Indigobloom

when I started getting eye rolls from people as I started to talk tea! this is a true obsession, taking over my life… but in the best way possible :)

ashmanra

The eye-rolling…yes, yes, I have seen that. Also, referring to friends who get hooked on tea as “converts.” And ordering one pound bags. And refusing to let the people at Barnes and Noble make my tea, taking my bag home with me to prepare it myself. :)

SimplyJenW

Oh yes…the eye-rolling. And I have totally turned into a tea snob, too! When I go to Panera for my knitting group, I pay for hot water and bring my own tea. Kind of crazy!

Indigobloom

you have a Panera where you are?! we have one that I know of nearby, that place is fun! ahhh yes, when people get a peek at my desk drawer at work, and I tell them this is maybe a tenth of my stash… well they kindof back away haha. I’ve been known to make my own bags and get hot water from wherever I am as well. The stares of disbelief are entertaining in some ways…

Jillian

Yeah I know about the eye-rolling – my boyfriend does it all the time and calls me a hard-core tea addict. :D

ashmanra

My hubby keeps threatening to schedule an “intervention.” He also threatens to call the authorities when I start weighing leaves to split pound bags with friends…

JacquelineM

Two things stand out- one is when I switched to loose leaf 10 (12? 15? I’ve lost track!) or so years ago, and it became second nature/ritual. I think of it as the most natural thing in the world (and think tea bags are a little strange!!), but guests/coworkers always comment how fussy it seems! I enjoy it immensely – very soothing to go through all the steps.

The other big one is when I discovered that I loved Chinese teas without cream and sugar. That was pretty recent – just about a year or so ago!

Oh, oh! I think I have one more! When I started having tea in work and not coffee like everyone else. I got my own electric kettle and little brew cup and have been happy as a clam in tea land!!!

QuiltGuppy

Intervention… lol! :D That’s great. My students think it’s really cool how I figure out how much tea I use. They prefer to watch me use the brewing basket than the t-sacs, but I only have one travel mug with the basket, so I tend to use that with a tea I know I can use for multiple infusions throughout the day.

Indigobloom

ohhh the interventions… my Mum has tried those on several occasions, in regards to my excesssive tea! Dad has no interest, but she tries to drag him into it to. Good fun to watch :)

Indigobloom

all I have here at work is a hot water “tap” that comes out of the coffee maker. So primitive!!! lol

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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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